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The millions of objects in the collection of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa carry the stories of Aotearoa’s deep-rooted maritime history. Medals and models, paintings and pigeon-grams, ships and scrimshaw, and things sure to surprise, can be viewed here. Join us on the voyage by bookmarking the page to check for regular additions. There are currently 7500+ items published on the online collection, and the count continues to grow. Some objects/records are more detailed than others, and some may contain errors. We strive for increased access to collections and welcome input from the public.


The Search allows you to look for any words describing an object or person.

Enter the words you wish to search for. For more specific results: you can search on a phrase (e.g. "commercial shipping"), include a word (e.g. +photographic), exclude a word (e.g. -model), or search on part of a word (e.g. paint*). Please see the help topic on the Search for more details on how to enter your searches.

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The NZ Maritime Museum aims to provide free use of our Collections Online content. The majority of the online images are available for download and reuse, free of charge. We ask that our material is appropriately attributed, and that users adhere to restrictions when these are indicated. For guidance and information regarding attribution, rights and restrictions please read our Image Use Policy or contact the Collections Team.