History enquiries 

The history team answers enquiries on a regular basis from the public, special interest groups, and a wide range of organisations and museums both nationally and internationally. Enquiries include requests for information about particular historical objects or events, including objects in Te Papa’s collection. The team also receives enquiries about items held by individuals and in private collections in the community.


If you have a question, send us your enquiry using the general enquiry form. 
General enquiry form

Please include as much information as possible, including:

  • the known history of the object
  • your area of interest.

Information about our collections

Information about objects in the collection can now be found online.

Browse our collections online

Research visits

Researchers are welcome to visit Te Papa and use the collection and its associated resources. Visits should be arranged in advance, phone (04) 381 7000.