Here we are!

Nau mai, haere mai! We look forward to meeting you!

Te Manawa is located between the Globe Theatre and the Palmerston North Convention Centre at 326 Main Street, Palmerston North. It’s only a short walk from the Square and City Library. We’re open from 10am – 5pm Tues – Sun.


General admission to the Museum and Art Gallery is free, while admission charges may apply to some exhibitions and programmes.

Admission charges for the New Zealand Rugby Museum can be found on the New Zealand Rugby Museum website.


  • Paid public car parks are located on Main Street and directly in front of the main entrance of the Museum building on Main St. Please direct all parking enquiries to Palmerston North City Council
  • A bus drop off zone is also located in front of this entrance.
  • Bus and van parking is available near the Child Youth and Family building on Church Street or on Pitt Street next to the Globe.


Te Manawa does not offer an on-site cafe, but coffee is available during selected hours each day. We’re also just a stone’s throw away from some of Palmerston North’s most popular cafes and restaurants. Ask us about our favourites – we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.


We love having groups stop by. To help us make your visit run smoothly we’ve gathered together some useful tips we hope will help your planning – and remember, you can phone us free for info and advice!


  • Wheelchairs

Both the Museum and Gallery buildings are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available for visitors upon request. Please advise our Visitor Hosts in advance if you, or a guest require a wheelchair so that we can ensure it is not in use, and ready for you upon arrival. You can call our front desk on 0800-4-A-Museum or 06-355-5000

  • Elevators

Three elevators are available for public use within the complex. One located in the Gallery building near Gallery One, and two in the Museum building: opposite front desk, and near the toilets and first aid on Level One.

  • Toilets

Accessible and gender-neutral toilets are located on Level One in the Gallery Building, and Levels One and Two in the Museum Building. Please follow signage.


  • First Aid

First Aid Kits, sick bay and a defibrillator are available within the Museum. If you require any assistance please notify our Visitor Hosts as soon as possible. If you witness any behavior or hazard that has the potential to place yourself or any other visitor at risk, please alert any member of staff immediately.

  • Contractors and On-Site visitors

Contractors and on-site visitors accessing any part of the Museum not designated as a public area (staff offices, workshop, collections stores) must be signed in and visitors should accompanied by the appropriate staff member.

  • Earthquake and emergency

In the event of any emergency, please follow the instructions of staff members who are trained in first-aid and evacuation procedures. The assembly point for the Museum building is located in the main carpark at the front of the complex. The Gallery building assembles on the grass area located between the Gallery entrance and Convention Centre on Main St.

Some areas within the Te Manawa complex have been assessed as ‘Earthquake Prone’. For more information on the seismic strengthening project please consult one of the Visitor Hosts at front desk, where more information is available.