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Te Papa is responsible for developing and managing the National Collection. We ensure that significant cultural property is acquired, that the collections survive, and that they are as accessible as possible through actual and virtual channels.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 describes our principal functions, including those regarding collections.
The Collections Policy provides the guiding principles for developing the collections, and their care, management and use.
Te Papa Collection spans five interrelated core thematic areas:
By integrating our collections, we discover new meanings within them. This enables us to present fresh insights into New Zealand’s national identity, through narratives in exhibitions and public programmes.
In September 2018, Te Papa asked a panel of international experts to review the care of its natural history collections.
Five of the world’s leading experts in collection care provided their expert advice in this report.
Te Papa has adopted all of the report’s recommendations. We look forward to maintaining ongoing links with the panellists.