Nelson was home to Aotearoa New Zealand's first naturalised Chinese immigrant, 黃鶴廷 Huang Hoc Ting , known as Wong Ah Poo Hoc Ting and later Appo Hocton. The collection of the Nelson Provincial Museum features photographs of Appo Hocton and his descendants, and other photographs, archives, publications and objects documenting Chinese in Nelson Tasman.
Ernest Rutherford has been described as one of the greatest scientists of all time. Much of his success has been credited to his family and his early life, which started in Te Tauihu (top of the South Island). See our newest online exhibition at http://www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/online-exhibitions/150rutherford
Celebrating 100 years of the Cawthron Institute
The Nelson Provincial Museum holds a unique collection of hand made Taonga Puoro, or Māori musical instruments, by local craftsman and practitioner Brian Flintoff.
Richard Nunns was an authority on ngā taonga puoro (Māori traditional musical instruments). In 2009, Richard generously donated his collection of world instruments to the Nelson Provincial Museum for teaching and display. Richard Nunns passed away on June 7, 2021. Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne.
The Nelson Provincial Museum formed a collaboration with the Nelson City Library and Tasman District Libraries to collect and document COVID-19 related objects, images and stories in a variety of formats. The museum has also applied a contemporary collecting strategy to document and collect COVID-19 related experiences in the Nelson Tasman region. Titled "Life in the Bubble", the open platform for public submissions can be found here http://www.nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/life-in-the-bubble. Alternatively, the museum and libraries can be contacted for private donations or submissions..