Reference

Museums

Sites

* NZMuseums New Zealand Museums
Lists New Zealand museums, art galleries, cultural organisations and their collections. Includes details on the museum/gallery, information on collections, contact details, visitor information and facilities available.
* Air Force Museum of New Zealand Christchurch
National Museum of New Zealand Military Aviation, located at the oldest military flying field at Wigram, near Christchurch.Aims to preserve and present the history of New Zealand Military Aviation for commemoration, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. The collection items number in the millions including over 28 classic aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals, weapons, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses.
* Albertland & Districts Museum and Heritage Centre, Memorial Park, Wellsford
Houses extensive records, memorabilia, artefacts, and other items relating to Albertland from the 1860s.
* Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
* Auckland War Memorial Museum - Te Papa Whakahiku Auckland Te Papa Whakahiku Auckland
The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand's top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections.
* Buried Village Rotorua
* Cable Car Museum Wellington
The award-winning Cable Car Museum brings to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars.
* Cambridge Museum
The Cambridge Museum is administered by Waipa District Council and the collection is owned by the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. Contains an extensive collection of artefacts and archives relating to the history of Cambridge, its districts and people.
* Canterbury Museum Christchurch
* Dowse Art Museum Lower Hutt
* Ferrymead Post and Telegraph Society
* Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery
* Howick Historical Village
* Lakes District Museum Arrowtown
* Mercury Bay Regional Museum Whitianga
* MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology Auckland
New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum.
* Museum of Wellington City and Sea Wellington
Telling the distinctive tales of Wellington from first settlement by Maori to the present. Wellington's social, cultural and maritime history.
* Museums Aotearoa
Professional organisation for museums and those who work in or have an interest in, museums in Aotearoa New Zealand.
* Nairn Street Cottage Wellington
Wellington's oldest original cottage is home to the story of the Wallis Family who lived there for three generations.
* National Army Museum Waiouru - Te Mata Toa
Showcases New Zealand's military history, telling the stories of Kiwi soldiers and explores New Zealand's participation in major conflicts worldwide.
* National War Memorial
The tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The Memorial commemorates all New Zealanders who gave their lives in the South African War, the two World Wars, the conflicts in Malaysia and Vietnam and on peace-keeping operations world-wide. The National War Memorial features a Carillon, Hall of Memories and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. A New Zealand Memorial Park to be based alongside the Memorial is currently under development.
* Nelson Provincial Museum and Tasman Bays Heritage Trust
In October 2005 the Museum opened on part of the original Town Acre site, which was once home to New Zealand's first museum - The Literary and Scientific Institute of Nelson (1842).
* New Zealand Fashion Museum Te Tautiaki i nga tini a Tangaroa
For anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity: a museum dedicated to the curation of New Zealand’s rich fashion past, making it relevant for the present and future.
* New Zealand Rugby Museum Palmerston North
Operated by The Rugby Museum Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Is home to a comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records. Has extensive information and articles about the history of the game in New Zealand and elsewhere.
* North Otago Museum Oamaru
* Otago Museum Dunedin. NZ
* Petone Settlers Museum
* Puke Ariki New Plymouth
Combines museum, library and visitor information centre for Taranaki.
* Rotorua Museum
A department of the Rotorua District Council. Rotorua Museum is housed in the historic Bath House building which opened in 1908 offering famous geothermal spa treatments to visitors from all over the world. The Museum is the guardian of a building holding the highest classification under the New Zealand Historic Places Act. Rotorua Museum opened in the South Wing of the Bath House in 1969 and Rotorua Art Gallery opened in the North wing in 1977. In 1988 the two operations combined to become Rotorua Museum of Art and History Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.
* South Canterbury Museum Timaru
The South Canterbury Museum, Timaru, has a focus on the natural heritage and history of the South Canterbury region of New Zealand - land, life and people and contains specimens, artefacts, images, documents and information that can be used to explore the region's heritage.
* Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Niho o Te Taniwha Niho o Te Taniwha
Southland Museum and Art Gallery's task is to identify, preserve, interpret and present the historical and artistic taonga (treasures) of Southland for all people to enjoy in the present as well as the future. Maintains an extensive and eclectic variety of exhibitions, covering many different topics. The semi-permanent galleries include: a Maori gallery; the Roaring 40's sub-Antarctic experience; Victorian-era rooms; and Southland's natural history and fossil record. Other galleries feature established and up-and-coming local artisans, as well as in-house and touring exhibitions.
* Southward Car Museum Paraparaumu
Located near Paraparumu on the Kapiti Coast, an hour's drive north of Wellington. Designed and built by the late Sir Len Southward, this customised facility houses the southern hemispheres largest private car collection with over 400 automobiles. Among the most popular are Marlene Dietrich's 1934 Cadillac Town Cabriolet, a 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car, a gull-winged Mercedes-Benz, a 1950 Cadillac "Gangster Special" that had belonged to gangster Mickey Cohen and an 1895 Benz Velo imported to New Zealand in 1900. Also houses various other exhibits including aircraft, bicycles, a range of vintage tools and other automobile memorabilia.
* Tairawhiti Museum Te Whare Toonga o te Tairawhiti
Gisbornes' award winning museum and art gallery
* Taupo Museum
* Tauranga Heritage Collection
Tauranga City has a facility at the Mount where 30,000 artefacts are kept in storage. There is no public display area at this site. The Tauranga Heritage Collection is stored at this facility. 'Hands on Tauranga' is a project that enables school students to see and touch actual exhibits from the Tauranga Heritage Collection.
* Te Awamutu Museum
Established in 1935 by the Te Awamutu Historical Society, Te Awamutu Museum showcases the rich social history of Waipa District in the Waikato, New Zealand. It is an archival repository with full research services and is home to the internationally significant taonga Uenuku, and the Finn Brothers, New Zealand Wars and Waikato Campaign collections. Today the Waipa District Council manages the Museum, however, ownership of the collection remains in community hands under the governance auspices of the Te Awamutu Museum Trust Board.
* Te Manawa Palmerston North
Palmerston North Museum of art, science and history. Houses the region's nationally significant taonga, contemporary art, science and heritage collections.
* Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand Wellington
Preserves and presents the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand's peoples and interprets the country's heritage for national and international audiences.The collections span five areas: Art, History, Pacific, Maori, and Natural Environment with exhibits that are interdisciplinary and interactive.
* The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Contains one of New Zealand's largest collections of naval history resources including books, archives and a large photographic collection.
* Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Dunedin
* Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum Auckland
Preserves, presents, interprets and celebrates New Zealand's maritime heritage, in order to educate, entertain and increase public interest in New Zealand and Pacific maritime heritage though innovative exhibitions, displays, demonstrations and educational programmes.
* Waikato Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui Hamilton
Established in 1987 in one of Hamilton's largest and more unusual building, designed by Ivan Mercep of JASMaD (now Jasmax), Auckland, who went on to design New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa. Houses more than 60,000 taonga/objects in their Visual Arts, Social History, Tangata Whenua and Science collections. The collections contain important taonga from Maaori history from the early years of European settlement to today, including regional art and history, (missionaries, Maori agriculture of the 1850s, Kiingitanga, Waikato campaigns, dairy industry, timber industry, coal-mining, river usage) and New Zealand national events which impact upon the region.
* Waimate Historical Museum and Archives
Situated in the former Waimate Courthouse (1879 - 1979) this beautiful building sits in a fine garden setting and is now home to an extensive range of exhibits. The museum is also home to many buildings several of which have been shifted on site. These include the old Douglas school, Bremners Cottage, and together with the old jail and police cells, house a diversity of displays depicting life and times of old Waimate. Waimate District and Historical Archives is part of the complex, located in a purpose built, climate controlled facility. It houses local government documents dating from 1864 (including rate books, maps and correspondence), various business and society records, school and church indexes and other valuable documentary material pertaining to the Waimate district.
* Waipu Museum
A small regional history museum which follows the story of one of the most remarkable global migrations in New Zealand's national history and one of the most famous Scottish migration sagas. The story is revealed through interactive museum exhibitions and displays, including old world collections and archives.The museum shop also stocks the registered Waipu Tartan fabric, along with Celtic jewellery, Celtic music and Scottish history DVDs.
* Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre
* Warbirds and wheels Wanaka
* Wellington Museum Wellington
Wellington Museum is housed in the Bond Store, an 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Set over three floors - with a fourth, The Attic due to open in the spring - the Museum shares some of the fascinating stories of the Wellington region.
* Whanganui Regional Museum, Nau mai ki Te Puni Tiaki Taonga o Whanganui
Famed for its Taonga Maori Collection, you can see the exceptional creations of the tipuna (ancestors) of today's Whanganui River Maori. Settlers and their struggles, the natural world of Whanganui and the creation of a mature and sometimes controversial town are interpreted in a changing exhibition programme with a world-class collection.
* Whangarei Art Museum
* World Of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum Nelson
Museum located in Nelson. World class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art from all around the globe. Also houses the Reflections Art Gallery, exhibiting work by contemporary New Zealand artists. The museum's distinctive building features a six-metre high metallic aluminium ribbon wall that is based on a dynamic wand and silk taper performance in a previous WearableArt show. The aluminium fabric flows and twists like the original fabric.
* Yaldhurst Museum Christchurch
Houses over 400 vehicles and other material relating to transport, including one of the largest and finest collection of horse drawn vehicles in the country. There is possibly the oldest vehicle in New Zealand, an American buggy of 1810, a unique 1860 Phaeton and an 1866 glass sided Hearse said to have carried the body of former Prime Minister, Richard Seddon. The extensive collection of motor vehicles includes one of the oldest surviving hand fire pumps (1864), a six cylinder Leland fire engine thought to be the only engine of this model left in the world, a unique International with a coupe body (1938) one of only five manufactured.