For an overview of the region's history and one of the best collections of Māori treasures in the country, drop into this museum, by Queens Park. It contains taonga (Māori ancestral treasures) of the river people and some wonderful waka (canoes), as well as carvings, jewelry, ornaments, kiwi-feather cloaks, greenstone clubs, tools, bone flutes, and ceremonial portraits. The museum also re-creates 19th-century pioneer-town Wanganui in a series of traditional
shop windows filled with relics and curios. Another treasure, Te Pataka Whakaahua (the Lindauer Gallery) has 19th-century paintings of Māori leaders by respected artist Gottfried Lindauer.