Museums in Tasman and Nelson

There are a range of museums to visit - this page provides contact details and opening hours. Please note that as some museums rely on volunteer staff, opening hours may fluctuate.

Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao    

Since 1842 the Nelson Provincial Museum has acted as guardian and the gateway through which the wider community can access their regional history. The special exhibitions gallery also regularly hosts a number of curated or travelling exhibitions.

The Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao

Corner of Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson 
Phone: 03 548 9588 
Fax: 03 548 9589

Opening Hours

10.00 am - 5.00 pm weekdays
10.00 am - 4.30 pm weekends/Public holidays (from 1.00 pm Anzac Day)
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Free Admission for Ratepayers and Residents

Admission to the Regional Gallery is free for Nelson-Tasman ratepayers and residents. There are admission fees for visitors:

  • Adults $7
  • School children $3
  • Preschoolers FREE
  • Family groups $20 [any 2 adults and accompanying children]
  • Admission fees will apply for all visitors to some touring exhibitions.

The Nelson Provincial Museum Research Facility

Hilliard Street, Isel Park, Stoke
Phone: 03 547 9740 
Facsimile: 03 547 8549

Opening Hours

12.30pm to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday, by appointment.
Closed Easter, Christmas and New Year holiday periods and public holidays.

Free Admission - donations are appreciated. Research and reproduction fees may apply

Motueka District Museum    

Housed in the old High School building in the town centre. View our displays of artefacts from Motueka’s past, plus changing exhibitions and public research room.

140 High Street, Motueka
Phone/Fax: 03 528 7660

Opening Hours

Free Admission: Donations are appreciated

Summer (December to March): Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Winter (April to November): Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Golden Bay Museum     

Golden Bay Museum displays a diorama depicting Abel Tasman’s 1642 encounter with local Maori. There are displays on Maori and European history, minerals and shells of the region. The museum has a reference library and archives for researchers on local history. Photos from the archives are available and staff can undertake research.

73 Commercial Street, Takaka
Phone: 03 525 6268

Opening Hours

Admission by Donation

Summer: (Labour weekend until Easter weekend) Daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Winter: Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Collingwood Museum    

Collingwood Museum is housed in the former 1910 Council office in Collingwood, and was established as a museum in 1969. Display rooms feature aspects of the early development of the district – home and school, gold, coal, timber and farming, military, horse gear, mineral and adze collections, plus other memorabilia, including a ‘through-the-years’ photographic display.

2 Tasman Street, Collingwood
Tel/Fax: 03 524 8131
Email: Pam Gardner

Admission by donation

Open daily 9.00 am-6.00 pm

Golden Bay Machinery and Settlers’ Museum    

Appropriately sited in the old Collingwood Cheese Factory this museum features all manner of early tractors, farm machinery and implements, vehicles, horse gear and a wide range of settlers’ items. A working steam section with ‘Steam Up’ days held at Easter, Labour Weekend and Christmas/New Year. There is a pioneer kitchen with a coal range where scones are baked and served on ‘Steam Up’ days.

869 Collingwood-Bainham Main Road, Rockville
Tel/Fax: 03 524 8131
Email: Pam Gardner

Admission by donation

Open daily from 9.00 am

Murchison District Museum    

The main feature of this museum is photographs and stories of the 1929 Murchison Earthquake.  It also houses vintage farm machinery and implements, local historical publications along with photographic and document archives. There is also a photocopying and laminating service.  Local family history queries welcomed.

60 Fairfax Street, Murchison
Tel/Fax: 03 523 9392

Admission by donation

Open daily 10.00 am-4.00 pm

Pigeon Valley Steam Museum    

This museum is a peaceful park, 2km from Wakefield. “Live Steam Days” are held on the first Sunday of each month and every Sunday in January, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. It features old tractors, engines, a working sawmill and many exhibits from yesteryear. There is a picnic area and children’s playground.

222 Pigeon Valley Road, Wakefield
Tel: 03 526 7822

General Admission: $2.50 Adults, 50c for children, which includes traction engine and rail jigger rides.

Open daily