Facilities and Parks

Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History

Te Manawa is Palmerston North’s museum of art, science and history.

Photo of about 15 young children sitting in front and on top of sculptured letters that say Te Manawa.

Te Manawa is a store house of regionally and nationally important collections of Tāonga Māori, New Zealand contemporary art, social and natural history.

It also hosts touring exhibitions, acquired on loan from throughout New Zealand, Australia and other parts of the world. These are supported by education programmes, special events and workshops.

Te Manawa is the cultural heart of our city, reflecting our growing region and its people.

Several of our exhibitions were created here at Te Manawa, including

  • Te Awa - The River,
  • Heart of Manawatū,
  • Manawatū Journeys,
  • Te Rangi Whenua, and
  • Kids TM. 


326 Main Street

Hours and admission

Open 10am to 5pm daily, including weekends and public holidays

(except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday)

General admission is free.


Te Manawa galleries are readily accessible with lifts servicing all levels, toilets and parenting facilities.

Guided tours and education services

We welcome enquiries from schools and groups with specialist interests. Please contact enquiries@temanawa.co.nz


For copyright and cultural reasons photography is not generally permitted. Photography permits may be available on request.

Principal funder

Palmerston North City Council