NZ Museums is a site for you to explore New Zealand museums, art galleries, cultural organisations and their collections. You can find museums and see information about their location, opening hours, facilities and collections. You can also search the collections of museums around the country.


The Home page is where you can read the latest news in the News and Blog, discover featured organisations in the Spotlight section, and search across the whole NZMuseums website. You can also see the most recently added collection items, or choose an avenue to browse or explore.

Browse/Explore - Objects This link accesses collection items from all museums, with the most recently added first.
Browse/Explore - Collections This link shows a random sample of items of specific collection types.
Browse/Explore - Museums Directory The Museums Directory is an alphabetical list of all New Zealand museums. You can also view the locations of museums on a Google map.

Find Museum

You can find museums by using the map, by searching on the museum name, or by the directory links and collection type links.


You can search across all of NZ Museums, or just search for objects or museums. The page also shows recent and popular searches on the website.

For help about typing in searches, click here.


The explore page shows keywords/tags that have been used to describe museums and objects. You can click on a tag to see all museums or objects with that tag. The larger the tag is, the more commonly that tag has been used.