skip to Main Content

Located in the centre of Nelson we are the waharoa (gateway) for our community to explore and reflect on their cultural heritage and natural history.  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.

Admission to the Regional Gallery is FREE for Nelson Tasman ratepayers and residents.  Fees may apply to all visitors for selected touring exhibitions.

The Museum is open every day, closing only for Good Friday and Christmas Day.


270 Trafalgar Street
Corner Trafalgar and Hardy Streets

Postal Address:
PO Box 853


(03) 548 9588

Follow Us

Open Hours

10am to 5pm - Weekdays
10am to 4.30pm - Weekends and Public Holidays
Closed - Good Friday and Christmas Day

The Nelson Provincial Museum Cnr Trafalgar St and Hardy Street

The Nelson Provincial Museum Cnr Trafalgar St and Hardy Street, Nelson, New Zealand

View larger map
Edit this Organisation

For deletion requests, please Contact Found

Share by Text
a mobile phone number in international format. E.g. +64210000000
Maximum 160 characters
Back To Top