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The collections at Te Manawa number around 55,000 items, and include artworks, interactive science exhibits, taonga, heritage objects and natural history specimens. By maintaining these collections, Te Manawa seeks to preserve the region’s heritage, thereby strengthening the identity and memory of the communities of Manawatū, and enriching our community’s cultural life.

There are currently 200+ items available online.

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