Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand

The Nelson Provincial Museum - Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao

New Zealand’s oldest museum, The Nelson Provincial Museum’s collections date back to 1841 when the Nelson Institute was established on ship by the New Zealand Company.

The collections include a regional social history photographic collection of over 1.5 million images, taonga Māori, art, regional archives, research library, domestic and technical objects and some natural history specimens.

In 2005 the museum opened a new regional exhibition centre on part of the original Town Acre 445 site, where The Literary and Scientific Institute of Nelson first opened in September 1842.

Archives, library and photographs are housed separately in the former museum building in Isel Park, Hilliard Street, Stoke.

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

Admission by Donation.
There is a suggested donation of: Adults $5, School children $2, Family groups $10.
Entry fees will apply to some touring exhibitions. Ask at reception.


Nelson & suburbs

Contact and Address
03 548 9588
Town Acre 445, Cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson