Te Manawa is, according to their own website, a museum without boundaries.

This year, from April through to September they will be lighting up Palmerston North with their exhibit Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaruwhich includes a giant inflatable sun that you can climb into!


Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North

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(326 Main St, Palmerston North)

Tickets are
  • Adults: $8.00
  • Children (over 2 years)/Senior/Student/Concession:$5.00
  • Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children OR 1 Adult, 3 Children: $20.00
  • Season Adult Pass (multiple entry):$20.00
  • Season Child pass (multiple entry):$15.00
  • Season Family pass (multiple entry):$50.00

From the description on their website

“Light is made up of photons. A photon is a tiny packet of electromagnetic energy. In Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru, you’ll take charge of your own photon, guiding it from the Sun’s core, through space, and eventually to Earth, where, with some good aim, it will nourish plants – our food!

The Sun is vital to nearly all life on Earth, and throughout human history it has been central to many cultures around the world. When you’ve finished with your photon, get comfortable in the whare and view two sun stories, including How Māui Slowed the Sun.”

Developed and Toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History with support from Central Energy Trust