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What's on: Upstairs

Canterbury Quakes

Canterbury Quakes - 1 March - 2 June 2014

"Canterbury Quakes" is now showing in the upstairs gallery. Make sure you don't miss this fascinating and poignant exhibition recalling the devastation and aftermath of the earthquakes that struck Canterbury in 2010 and 2011.

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Starting with Plants

Starting with Plants is another in the series of colourful natural history exhibitions created by Imogen and Stephen McCarthy.

The exhibition is part of the working partnership the Museum has with the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. The plants on display, which include live specimens in the roof garden, are largely native species that feature at the Sanctuary.

The exhibition features models of flowers can be taken apart and re-assembled creating wonderful learning opportunities for the whole family.

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Collection Storage

Being the oldest museum in New Zealand, Nelson Provincial Museum has a long proud history. As the Museum has moved from one home to the next over the last 170 years it has become the guardian of a nationally significant Collection. For perhaps the last two decades a series of reports has addressed the issues of quality and quantity of available storage. The most recent report by OCTA Associates provided the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust with a recommended option to redevelop the Isel Park Research Facility. This option was presented to the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council and was discussed at Council meetings. Collection storage has been included as a project in the next LTCCP Nelson City Council. The OCTA report and an update from the CEO, Peter Millward, can be downloaded here (PDF format). Further information or questions should be addressed to him in the first instance ceo@museumnp.org.nz


What's New: WW1 Service Database

WW1 Service DB

The WW1 Service Database is now live on the Museum's website. The database lists the names of more than 2500 men and women from the region who served during the First World War. The database is the end product of many years work by regional researchers and genealogists and includes nurses, soldiers, Padres, and those men and women who served with Australian forces, the Royal Navy and the flying services of England.

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What's on: Lower Gallery

At our central city location, TA445, the Lower Gallery leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tau Ihu, top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay.

Cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Sts, Nelson
Open: 10:00am-5:00pm weekdays;
10:00am-4:30pm weekends


Museum's Permanent Exhibition Gallery

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This recently redeveloped exhibit, pictured above, portrays the amazing migration of the bar-tailed godwits and includes both a stuffed bird and a flying model.

Collections Online


 The Nelson Provincial Museum collections Online

The Nelson Provincial Museum is proud to bring you Collections Online the Museum's online public access catalogue.

This online catalogue lets you search over some of the many collection items held by the Museum.

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