Laughing kitten, 1950s, Lee-Johnson, Eric (1908–1993), New Zealand. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

About the Picture Library 

The Picture Library is the gateway to Te Papa's unique collection of New Zealand photographs.

If you would like to order a copy of an image from our collection please browse to the image you want, and choose "License / buy this image".

Browse our collections

Te Papa's photography

Te Papa's photography collection contains over 800,000 rare and beautiful images, including Māori and Pacific taonga (treasures), and vintage shots of New Zealand's dramatic history and culture. You'll find fascinating photos of New Zealand's rich flora and fauna, and some hauntingly powerful images of our people and their land. Beautiful artefacts, objects, and pieces of art, both historical and contemporary, can also be found in Te Papa's photo collection.

Te Papa also holds the collection of pre-eminent twentienth-century New Zealand photographer, Brian Brake.

Personalised photo service

To find out more about our personalised photo service, or any image in our collection, please contact us at:

Picture Library
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Cable Street
PO Box 467
New Zealand

Ph: +64 (0)4 381 7128
Fax: +64 (0)4 381 7070

See our price list (PDF, 41kB)

The selection of images on this website will be updated on a regular basis.

Other services

  • Commissioned photography of Te Papa collection items.
  • Consultation about the use of culturally specific images and artworks.
  • Advice on copyright.