The War Memorial Centre includes a large hall, 371-seat concert chamber, Pioneer (meeting) Room and new servery facilities. User fees are charged for the venue. The Centres opening hours to the public are 10am¿4.30pm Monday to Friday and (where event bookings allow) 10am¿2pm Saturday and Sunday when warranted by demand.
The War Memorial Centre was constructed between 1955 and 1960, as a living memorial to the 375 men and women from Whanganui who lost their lives in the Second World War.
Originally known as the Wanganui War Memorial Hall, the Centre is now considered to be one of the finest examples of New Zealand modernist architecture, rating in the top 1,000 modernist buildings in the world. More information on this historic place can be found in the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Register entry