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As the oldest Museum in Aotearoa, Nelson Provincial Museum is kaitiaki (caregiver) of an extensive range of taonga (treasures) that record our region’s natural and social history.

Updated regularly, our online collection provides instant access to a variety of collection records including; Taonga Māori, Manuscripts & Archives, Publications, Fine Art, Social history and a vast Photographic Collection dating from the 1860s including the UNESCO inscribed Tyree Studio Collection.


The Search allows you to look for any words describing an object or person.

Enter the words you wish to search for. For more specific results: you can search on a phrase (e.g. "Mount Arthur"), include a word (e.g. +colour), exclude a word (e.g. -painting), or search on part of a word (e.g. paint*). Please see the help topic on the Search for more details on how to enter your searches.

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