The New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North has for a long time boasted one of the best collections in the world devoted to the oval ball. In August, after a $2 million upgrade, the museum will provide a world class visitor experience to better honour our national game.
The revamped museum will open in Te Manawa – the city’s regional cultural centre. It is the perfect place for Kiwis to get a renewed sense of pride for our national sport and for visitors to learn how our rich Rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country.
Much more than static displays of memorabilia and historic information, the New Zealand Rugby Museum is a place where visitors can experience Rugby culture, connect with the heroes, be physically challenged by the interactive exhibits, and gain a sense of just how compelling this much loved game is.
The museum houses one of the best collections of all things Rugby, including:
Rugby heroes and legends through the decades
History and folklore
The stories of how Rugby has shaped New Zealand as a nation
New Zealand Rugby’s Rare XV
Following the redevelopment, the museum will triple the size of its floor space and implement the best practice environmental, lighting, handling and storage standards required of a modern museum.
The new museum will comprise four different zones - each designed to cater for the different interests and needs of different audiences:
Rugby Relics: A decade by decade history of Rugby and New Zealand. Step back in time and see how rugby and New Zealand have shaped each other, forging a national rugby story that’s still being written today.
Discovery Library: Access by arrangement. It’s a quiet, contemplative space that allows researchers, historians, or relatives of past identities time to pore over individual collections, or delve into the treasure trove of archival material.
Rugby Tribes: Take a closer look at the colour and diversity that makes up our wider ‘Rugby Tribe’ - its rituals and roots, witticism and whimsy. An area that evolves and changes.
Have a Go!: A ‘seriously interactive’ zone where visitors can represent their country and try out some Rugby-themed, physically challenging exhibits that include a series of simple game-based ball and skills challenges.
Palmerston North - host of two Rugby World Cup 2011 matches - is located between Taupo and Wellington and provides the ideal stop-over for all North Island travellers. Especially those with an interest in Rugby and history.
Visit the New Zealand Rugby Museum at 87 Cuba St, Palmerston North or from August, at Te Manawa, 326 Main St, Palmerston North.