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Regional Gallery

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Explore the rich heritage and natural history of the Nelson Tasman region in our permanent gallery.

This exhibition leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay. This treasure-filled exhibition focuses on the region's fascinating history and identity, offering an opportunity for hours of discovery.

Nelson and Tasman boast some of the most varied geology in New Zealand. It is a region with rich mineral deposits and exciting history of geological exploration and mining.  It’s bays and beaches, port and sea have shaped the lives of its inhabitants. The first part of the gallery is laid out as a map of the region tracing the mountain ranges from the West Coast to Golden Bay and from the Richmond Ranges to the Boulder Bank.

Discover the stories, peoples, history and Taonga (treasures) of the six Mana Whenua Iwi of Mohua, Motueka and Whakatu (the Nelson/ Tasman Region) and explore the human interaction with the region, from early Māori settlement, exploration and migration and 19th-century European establishment of the Nelson Province.

Throughout the Regional Gallery contemporary artists have responded to historical stories and objects producing commissioned work that helps narrate the story of the region.

Earlier Event: August 24
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