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New Zealand Police Museum, New Zealand Police

About New Zealand Police Museum, New Zealand Police

Te Whare Taonga Pirihimana

Established by the Police Commissioner in 1908 the museum was originally modelled on the Black Museum at Scotland Yard. Today the museum collects and exhibits New Zealand Police cultural property and criminal case evidence. The museum provides education programmes to all ages, using examples of policing excellence and telling the stories of some of the countries most famous cases.
New Zealand Police archives are held at Archives New Zealand.

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Museum or art gallery

Archive types:

  • Central government records


General admission is free although charges apply for tours and education programmes

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

Onsite parking:

Car parking available. Public Transport • Train: Catch the Kapiti line, Wellington to Waikanae. • Bus: The 230 Whitby -Porirua, departs Porirua Train Station at Stop B arrive at Aotea College, a 5 minute walk to the RNZPC

Physical access:

No research service available. No public access to objects or archives in collections storage. Visitors may access NZ Police Museum Reference Library books while onsite

Contact details


Royal New Zealand Police College
Papakowhai Rd

Postal address:

Private Bag 50 906
Porirua 5240

Phone number:

  • +64 4 2383141