Museum | Current Exhibitions

A mantis and a monarch butterfly frame a pink splash with BUGS! in white cartoon letters
17 October 2020 - 1 May 2021Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes!

Bugs are amazing! You might think of them as small, hairy and a bit scary, but they can do things that can’t be done by anyone or anything else. They’re a vital part of our ecosystems; they help our country maintain biosecurity; and they keep your own backyard in good environmental health. They have some pretty special talents, and BUGS! will introduce you to them all.

Exhibition title - Children's Holocaust Memorial, with a button and a black and white photo of a child
19 February - 27 JuneChildren's Holocaust Memorial

The New Zealand Children’s Holocaust Memorial is a collection of 1.5 million buttons, gathered from all over the world. Each one represents a child who perished during the holocaust. It was established to honour and give a voice to the children, and serve as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy.

Museum | Every day

A Māori kite lit in red

Every dayTe Rangi Whenua

Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua regions.
Women and children in Victorian clothes stand outside the Tōtaranui cottage

By arrangementHeritage Buildings

The Te Manawa site includes two historic buildings: the Awahou schoolhouse and the cottage, Totaranui, believed to be the oldest residence in Palmerston North. Guided tours of these buildings are now available by arrangement, and entry is free (kōha welcome).
A view toward the cave section of Te Awa

Every dayTe Awa - The River

The Manawatū river is the life-blood of our region. Learn more about its history, meet its inhabitants, explore how we use water and discover how our region was formed. This exhibition includes The Water Room (which runs twice a week), a native fish tank, bug specimens, a cave walk-through and an impressive moa skeleton.
A group of children in the 1950s caravan

Every dayManawatū Journeys

Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through; some stay for a long time, others only briefly. Quite often they leave behind an object that tells the story of their travels. Bringing them together in one large collection, Manawatū Journeys uses these mementos to tell the bigger story of settlement in our region.
Child plays in exhibition playground

Every dayTamariki

Tamariki is a space for kids! Children under-8 and their whānau are welcome in this interactive, tactile play area.

Te Manawa is open under Covid-19 Alert Level One.