Over 140 years ago, two men created what remains NZ’s most famous book on native birds. This exhibition showcases illustrations from A History of the Birds of New Zealand alongside selected bird taxidermy specimen.
An internationally touring exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth in 100 exquisite photographs.
Events & Programmes
Make your way to the Museum every Friday night from 15 February until 22 March. Goodie Bags and spot prizes.
Join the Museum’s Digital Imaging Technician Tatsiana Chypsanava as she explains the unexpected connection between Nelson and Russia. Learn about the famous and notorious Nelsonians and how they shaped the history and relations between both countries.
A pub can be a fascinating place. Join the Museum’s Social History Curator, Moya Montgomery, as she explores some of the intriguing stories and objects associated with the region’s pubs held in the Museum’s collection.
Join Helen Pannett, Curator of Archives & Research as she brings some of the weird and wonderful objects from the paper based collection out of storage.
No booking necessary - Koha appreciated
Beat the crowds by seeing the exhibition before the museum opens each day.
9 AM - 10 AM EVERY DAY
Experience Life Before Dinosaurs without children in our Just For Grown-Ups sessions.
WEDNESDAYS 5 PM - 6 PM
Go exploring and discover some of Nelson's treasures from history with this museum scavenger hunt.
Look for Moa skeletons, milk drinking straws and a giant carnivorous snail that will all help you discover more about New Zealand in our regional gallery.
Discover more about the Maori legends, taonga and lives of Maori heroes that are unique to Whakatu (Nelson).