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Loan request form

Borrow an object from Te Papa to use in an exhibition at your museum or gallery.


Before you start, make sure you have:

  • a registration number for each collection item you wish to borrow
  • details of your exhibition
  • a facilities report (for touring exhibitions, an itinerary of the tour and a facilities report for each venue)
  • a letter of support from the appropriate iwiiwi tribe should you wish to borrow taonga Māoritaonga Māori Māori cultural treasures with clear iwi or regional provenance (in some cases, Te Papa can complete this process) .

Borrowing for an exhibition has more information about the borrowing process.

Request a loan

Please submit your request at least six months before your exhibition opens. More notice may be required if your request is complex or is for a large number of items.

Compulsory fields are marked with *.


Borrowing organisation
Contact person
Facilities report

About facilities reports

Accepted facilities reports:

We already have a current facilities report for your organisation if:

  • you have borrowed from us in the past five years, and
  • your building has not been modified since your last loan with us.
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt.
Exhibition details
Taonga Māori

A letter of support from the relevant iwiiwi tribe is needed. Te Papa recognises the connections of taonga with their associated iwi. Potential borrowers are encouraged to contact iwi associated with any taonga with known origins to inform them of the loan request. You should explain how you wish to use and interpret the taonga, and seek their support. In some cases, Te Papa will complete this process.

Files must be less than 20 MB.
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Display details
Objects from Te Papa sometimes need to be protected from visitor interaction when on display. Please give a brief description of your plans.
Touring exhibition
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt xls xlsx ods.
Files must be less than 50 MB.
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Registration numbers
Enter the unique registration number of each object you wish to borrow.
If multiple numbers are entered please separate them using commas.