New Zealand museums and public art galleries

New Zealand museums, art museums and public art galleries, a guide to websites

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Air Force Museum, (RNZAF) Christchurch

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Showcasing the best in New Zealand and international art, Aratoi presents a range of exhibitions, collections, public programmes and events that help to celebrate the unique natural, cultural and artistic heritage of the Wairarapa.

Army Museum, Waiouru

Arrowtown Village, Lakes District Museum 

Auckland *

Auckland City Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works

Auckland City Art Gallery Research Library Archives
The E. H. McCormick Research Library collects archives with a particular emphasis on artists and arts organisations active in, or important to, the Auckland region. The Library welcomes gifts, bequests and long-term loans from artists and their families, galleries, and arts organisations and societies.

Auckland Museum (Auckland War Memorial Museum)
Auckland’s major museum, holding the largest collections of Polynesian / Maori artefacts in the world. Maori and Polynesian displays, applied arts, New Zealand war exhibitions, New Zealand natural history.

Videos from The Auckland Museum at YouTube.

Devonport Historical and Museum Society

Helensville Pioneer Museum

Historic places, Heritage sites in Auckland: Historic Places Trust. 
Alberton, Bell House, Ewelme Cottage, Highwic, Melanesian Mission Dining Hall.

Howick Historical Village

Maritime Museum

MOTAT. Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology

The New Zealand Fashion Museum, Auckland
The first complete collection of New Zealand fashion, past, present and future. Exhibitions and live events.

The Puhoi Historical Society
The Puhoi Historical Society records the early history of Puhoi, a settlement created by Bohemian (now Czech Republic) immigrants to New Zealand from the 1860’s.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Museum, Devonport


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Broadgreen Historic House, Nelson

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Cambridge *

Cambridge Museum
The museum has an extensive collection of artefacts and archives relating to the history of Cambridge, its districts and people.

Canterbury Museum 

Christchurch, Canterbury *

Arts Centre. Christchurch

Canterbury Museum

Christchurch City Art Gallery

Museum directory.
A comprehensive list from New Zealand Museums On Line

Waimate Historical Museum and Archives

Conservation *

New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials
The New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi Incorporated (NZCCM ) is an association of professional conservators of cultural property employed in public museums, art galleries, libraries and in private practice.

Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) Conservation Department

Consultants/Museum and heritage consultants *

Museum Workshop
The Museum Services Directory for workers, contractors and consultants in New Zealand museums and associated institutions.

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Dargaville Museum

Devonport Museums, Auckland

Directories *

Museums. New Zealand Museums, a nationwide museums directory.

Museums Aotearoa
Museums Aotearoa is a professional organisation for museums and museum workers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Heritage sites in New Zealand, a list from Historic Places Trust.

Matapihi
Matahapihi is a window onto the online collections of a number of New Zealand cultural organisations. Matapihi lets you search across the digital collections of different New Zealand organisations from one website. On launch, the service contained around 60,000 records. Geography, history, the natural environment, people and events are featured. The collection includes photographs, drawings, paintings, sculpture and some 3-d virtual museum objects, as well as a small number of sound files, textual items and moving images. 

Dunedin *

Otago Museum, Dunedin

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Gisborne *

Tairawhiti Museum
A museum and art gallery.

Global Museum International
A non-profit site run by Roger Smith. Includes a museum ezine, museum jobs, museum forums, museum marketing advice, museum communications, museum educational resources.

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Hamilton *

Waikato Museum

Exhibitions and activities tell the stories of the Waikato region and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science. Highlights include the majestic waka Te Winika, E Nga Uri Whakatupu: Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa; Exscite and Planet Warriors, a fun hands-on science gallery for children.

Heritage sites in New Zealand, a list from Historic Places Trust
Heritage New Zealand is the leading national historic heritage agency.

Howick Historical Village, Auckland

Invercargill *

Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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Maritime Museum, Auckland. New Zealand National Maritime Museum

Matapihi
Matahapihi is a window onto the online collections of a number of New Zealand cultural organisations. Matapihi lets you search across the digital collections of different New Zealand organisations from one website. On launch, the service contained around 60,000 records. Geography, history, the natural environment, people and events are featured. The collection includes photographs, drawings, paintings, sculpture and some 3-d virtual museum objects, as well as a small number of sound files, textual items and moving images.

MOTAT. Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology

Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Eight galleries spread over three levels of exhibition space.

Museums. New Zealand Museums, a nationwide museums directory.
NZ Museums

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Navy Museum, Devonport
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. The Navy Museum’s vision is to capture and preserve New Zealand’s naval culture and heritage for current and future generations through collection, preservation, presentation, education, research and scholarship.

National museum organisations, databases and archives *

New Zealand National Digital Forum
The NDF in New Zealand, Aotearoa is a collection of 150 organisations, including museums, libraries, galleries, archives and their partner organisations.

National Library of New Zealand

New Zealand Museums: a nationwide museums directory.

Matapihi
Matahapihi is a window onto the online collections of a number of New Zealand cultural organisations. Matapihi lets you search across the digital collections of different New Zealand organisations from one website. On launch, the service contained around 60,000 records.

Museums Aotearoa
Museums Aotearoa is a professional organisation for museums and museum workers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Museum Workshop
The Museum Services Directory for workers, contractors and consultants in New Zealand museums and associated institutions.

NZ Museums
Search the collections of New Zealand museums. The aim of this website is to showcase the museums and collections of New Zealand, to be a directory of New Zealand museums, and an online collection management system for museums. NZMuseums is the initiative of National Services Te Paerangi, a team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington.

New Plymouth *

Puke Ariki. Taranaki Museum and Library

Northland *

Northland museums.
NZ Museums, a museum directory.

Otago *

Otago Museum, Dunedin.

North Otago Museum Library

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Palmerston North *

The New Zealand Rugby Museum

Pataka Museum, Porirua, Wellington
Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art.

Puke Ariki. Taranaki Museum and Library, New Plymouth

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Raetihi. Waimarino Museum. Seddon Street

Rotorua *

Rotorua Museum

The Buried Village, Rotorua

Taranaki Museum and Library. Puke Ariki.

Rugby Museum, Palmerston North

The Russell Museum, Northland

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Southland Museum and Art gallery, Invercargill

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Waimarino Museum. Seddon Street, Raetihi

Te Papa, Wellington. 
New Zealand’s official national museum.

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Waihi Museum and Art Gallery

Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton. 
Interactive art education online. Junior art detective, Senior art focus. Online gallery, Chartwell collection.

Waimate Historical Museum and Archives

Wairarapa Museum of Art and History (Aratoi). 
Showcasing the best in New Zealand and international art.

Wanganui Regional Museum
An extensive collection of natural and human history with a regional emphasis that includes objects of both national and international significance.

Wellington *

The Cable Car Museum

The Carter Observatory

The Colonial Cottage Museum

The Dowse
Provides exhibitions, events and a cafe.

Katherine Mansfield House

Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Eight galleries spread over three levels of exhibition space.

Museums in Wellington
A directory of Wellington museums, from NZMuseums.

National Library of New Zealand

New Zealand Portrait Gallery
The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gives us perspectives on ourselves and our place in the world. It is home to a growing collection of portraits. Their exhibitions include painting, sculpture, caricature, photography and new media.

Pataka Museum, Porirua, Wellington
Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art.

Petone Settlers Museum

Te Papa,Wellington
New Zealand’s official national museum.

Wellington Museums Trust
The Wellington Museums Trust manages City Gallery Wellington, Capital E, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory and Colonial Cottage Museum, and manages the New Zealand Cricket Museum jointly with the New Zealand Cricket Museum Trust.

Whangarei Art Museum
The permanent home of the city art collection, embracing both heritage and contemporary art work and a substantial bequest by the early New Zealand modernist painter, Adele Younghusband.

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