Story: Museums

Wanganui Museum display, 1901

 Wanganui Museum display, 1901

This is the main hall of Wanganui Museum in Whanganui, in 1901. The display is typical of New Zealand museums of this period, with a mix of ethnological and natural history specimens. The clutter was often due to the fact that museums had little storage space, so most of the specimens they held were on display.

Using this item

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19010815-7-2

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Conal McCarthy, 'Museums - The foundation years, 1850 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Conal McCarthy, published 22 Oct 2014