Nelson Provincial Museum is located in the heart of Nelson City on the corners of Trafalgar and Hardy Streets. Our museum rests on the same town acre block that the Museum occupied in 1842.  

The Lower Gallery 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.

The Upper Gallery is home to our short-term exhibitions, as well as our teaching classroom and a rooftop garden. A vibrant stained-glass window featuring New Zealand's unique creatures and plants may be admired from the top floor.

We recommend setting aside an hour or more to enjoy the galleries.

Wheelchair Access

Image CRedit: Daniel Allen

Image CRedit: Daniel Allen

All exhibition spaces are accessible by wheelchair.  We also have two wheelchairs which can be pre-booked if required.

Hours and Charges:

10:00am - 5:00pm weekdays
10:00am - 4:30pm weekends / public holidays
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Admission to the Regional History Gallery is FREE for Nelson-Tasman ratepayers and residents.

There is an Admission fee for out-of-town visitors:
Adults $5
Children $3 - Preschoolers FREE
Family Pass $20 maximum [any 2 adults and accompanying children]

Admission fees can apply to all visitors for some of our touring exhibitions.