Visit the Nelson Provincial Museum in Nelson

The Regional Gallery leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tauihu, 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 the short-term and touring exhibitions, as well as the teaching classroom and a rooftop garden. A vibrant stained-glass window featuring of the unique creatures and plants of Aotearoa may be admired from the top floor.

How long do you recommend spending at the museum?

That’s entirely up to you! However, it is recommend setting aside an hour or more to enjoy the galleries.

The Nelson Provincial Museum is excited to bring Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival to the region, an exhibition that gives you a glimpse into the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria. Exceptionally well preserved fossils found in China with skin, feathers and quills have revealed secrets that birds were the last branch in the dinosaur family tree, forever changing our image of these primeval giants. Skeletons, skulls, and fossil casts will transport you to a time when these amazing creatures ruled the world. Discover whether T. Rex really did have brown scales and hear the large animatronic dinosaurs roar! They can sense you coming, but don’t worry…they don’t bite.

  • Monday – 10:00am to 17:00pm
  • Tuesday – 10:00am to 17:00pm
  • Wednesday – 10:00am to 17:00pm
  • Thursday – 10:00am to 17:00pm
  • Friday – 10:00am to 17:00pm
  • Saturday – 10:00am to 16:30pm
  • Sunday – 10:00am to 16:30pm


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