Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa
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Whakaritea tō toronga
Ngā kaupapa motuhake
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Tūhuratia ngā kohinga
Read, watch, play
Kōrero, mātaki, purei
Kids and families
Mā te whānau
Mā te pouako
For museums and galleries
Mō ngā muhiama me ngā whare toi
Guides to caring for objects
Tiaki Kohinga, Tiaki Taonga
Mō Te Papa
What we do
Ā mātou mahi
Ngā kohinga taonga
Ko ō mātou whare
Ngā whakaaturanga poi haere
Ngā whakaaturanga o mua
Te Papa Press
Press and media
Media sales and licensing
Te hohoko papāho me te manatā
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Tautokotia, kuhu mai
Friends of Te Papa: Our membership programme
Ngā Hoa o Te Papa: Te hōtaka mema
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Koha ki Te Papa
Open every day 10am-6pm
(except Christmas Day)
Free entry for everyone
Charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities
Learn how to care for your collections and report their condition.
On this page:
Conservation and collection careCondition reportingConservation material suppliersApplying accession numbers
How do you safeguard the items in your museum? This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection, safety, and security of your collection.
Preventive Conservation – He Rauemi Resource Guide (1.13 MB)
Use the detailed online directory on the NZCCM website to find a specialist conservator.
New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials
How to care for textiles and kākahu (Māori cloaks)
How to care for wooden objects and taonga Māori
How to care for photographs
How to care for paintings
How to care for paper and books
How to care for metal, glass, and stone
From other experts
National Library of New Zealand: Caring for your collections offers advice on caring for a range of objects, including photographs, books, and recordings.
Canadian Conservation Institute: Notes offers practical advice on the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects.
Use our step-by-step guide to nesting an object (2.04 MB)
when storing fragile objects.
See the storage areas of several small museums in this video by Museums Australia (Victoria).
Damage from a burst water pipe? Or devastation by earthquake, fire, or flood? Is your museum ready for disaster? This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, looks at how to plan for recovery from emergencies.
Minimising Disaster – He Rauemi Resource Guide (1.09 MB)
Customising Your Classic Wharenui (70.47 KB)
is a seminar talk by Dean Whiting.
Heritage New Zealand offers a range of resources concerning historic places.
Videos by the Northeast Museum Services Center look at the care of historic sites.
Condition reporting is a valuable tool for managing collections. This guide offers a systematic approach to reviewing the condition of items in your collection, a consistent framework, and a set of terms for making useful reports.
Condition Reporting – He Rauemi Resource Guide (395.87 KB)
Condition reporting form template (157.14 KB)
Suppliers of conservation treatment and packaging include:
Port Nicholson Packaging
For suppliers of acid-free tissue and acid-free card, aluminium rod and custom-made hooks, Dacron wadding, ethafoam, tailors’ forms and mannequins, tubes, Tyvek, and gloves, see page 13 of our guide:
Caring for Textiles and Clothing – He Rauemi Resource Guide (1.19 MB)
Learn how to apply accession numbers to non-porous stone, glazed ceramics, glass, and uncoated metals with this guide from National Services Te Paerangi, or watch our videos below.
Applying an accession number (552.94 KB)
Applying accession numbers to textiles
Applying accession numbers to glazed materials
Applying accession numbers to unglazed materials