Explore the Collection

The Nelson Provincial Museum's collection is an extensive record of the region's social history and New Zealand's development. It forms a unique and detailed continuous documentation of the region.

Over 150,000 items are accessible through the online collection. The collection includes photography from the 1860s to the present, maps and architectural plans, books and publications, archives and general social history items.


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

Enter the words you wish to search for. For example, an object Simple Search on the word Black will return all objects which are black in colour, those depicting Black Street, along with those by any artist named Black. Please see the Help topic on the Search for more details on how to formulate your searches.

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