Our permanent exhibition in the Lower Gallery leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay.
Bringing the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size moving models of monsters that ruled the world long before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian. Opens Boxing Day - bookings essential! Buy your tickets now!
Events & Programmes
Join us in February for our Summer Talk Series with topics inspired by our current exhibitions.
Beat the crowds by seeing the exhibition before the museum opens each day.
9 AM - 10 AM EVERY DAY (from 26.12.18)
Experience Life Before Dinosaurs without children in our Just For Grown-Ups sessions.
WEDNESDAYS 5 PM - 6 PM (from 26.12.2018)
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).