Any item accepted into the Te Papa Collection is entitled to the highest standards of professional care in conservation, storage, and security.
Change of ownership – the gift is made, in law, part of the museum’s collection.
Donor consultation – we take account of cultural sensitivities and determine appropriate ways to handle and store or display the gift.
Documentation and conservation – the gift is recorded in detail by a collection manager and, if necessary, conserved to protect it from deterioration.
Storage or display – the gift is allocated secure and appropriate storage, or placed on display.
Very few items in the museum’s collections are on permanent display. We can only show a small proportion of our collections at a time, in keeping with our exhibition programme. Also, for conservation reasons, some items can only be displayed for short periods.