Welcome to the TSB Bank Bowls Museum online collection!
Set against the background of Mount Taranaki, ours is the only Bowls Museum in the world and contains over 8000 exhibits of the game as played by the men and women in New Zealand. Bowls is the 3rd largest participation sport in New Zealand and is played world wide. Old trophies from historical events, the Library of Jubilee, and other historical bowling information complete the museum. Set in park surroundings near to historic New Plymouth Bowling Club.

The museum commenced in a private capacity 1980 and was donated to New Zealand Bowls in 1993. There is good parking adjacent to the museum.

Our aim is to compile and display lawn bowls activity in New Zealand since 1890. We also aim to assist with publication of facts on New Zealand lawn bowls for use by lovers of the game.
Browse our collections and please get in touch if you have stories to add to the items featured. You can visit us at the museum in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. We are open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2.30pm and for special events. 


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framed poem written in black ink in Old English text, the poem is 7 verses long. At the bottom of the page is the year "1980" and "With apologies to…

Gisbourne East Coast bowling Centre - Gisbourne District Council


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Royal Bangkok Sports Club Lawn Bowls presented to Bowls NZ on occasion of The Champion of Champions


dark brown wooden shield with stand on which is the Thai Royal head gear over a blue and yellow shield with inter woven RBSC in gold tone with "Royal…