Nelson Provincial Museum
The Nelson Provincial Museum, Pupuri Taonga O Te Tai Ao is a regional museum in the city of Nelson, New Zealand. The museum showcases the Nelson region’s history, from geological origins to the stories of individuals and families. There are exhibitions that highlight topics as varied as: – The Boulder Bank – Lord Rutherford – Stories of our six local iwi (Maori) – and about Nelson’s sometimes gruesome past. Open Hours: The doors open 7 days a week at 10am and close at 5pm. (4.30pm weekends and public holidays). Closed on Christmas Day & Good Friday. The collection store & research facility at Isel Park in Stoke is open to the public Tuesday to Friday 12.30 – 4.30pm. Appointments are strongly advised to ensure that staff are available to assist.
The Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao is the kaitiaki (guardian) of social and natural history and Taonga from the Nelson and Tasman regions. We are Zealand’s oldest museum tracing our origin back to the foundation of the Literary and Scientific Institution of Nelson in May 1841.
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We are one museum with two distinct venues where people can share our history. The education and exhibition centre is located in central Nelson on the corner of Hardy and Trafalgar Streets and our collections and research facility is located at Isel Park, Hilliard Street, Stoke, Nelson
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