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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. The online collection is a work in progress – 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.

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