Exhibitions

 

Telling the real life stories of policing in Aotearoa, the New Zealand Police Museum uses original evidence, police objects and technology to tell the very personal stories behind the events, disasters and crimes that have galvanised our nation. Displays include stories of policing excellence, weapons used by criminals, evidence from murder investigations, stories of outstanding feats of detection and forensic science, police tools and artefacts, and major historical and social events like the 1981 Springbok Tour and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. The Museum strives to provide a positive forum for interaction with New Zealand Police and their vision of 'Safer Communities Together'.

Online Exhibitions

Unable to visit the Museum? Experience our online exhibitions. Discover the history of 19th Century mug shots and explore a selection of extraordinary museum collection objects.

Alfred Langely

Suspicious Looking: 19th century mug shots from the New Zealand Police Museum

Mug shots are photographic portraits of arrested suspects and convicted criminals. Since the mid-19th century, they have been used to help form a record of identification for police. ... more

Curators Choice: Black Friday series

The staff of the New Zealand Police Museum tell the stories behind some of the Museum's extraordinary collection objects. ... more

Police during WWI

Policing the First World War: slygrogging, sex and sedition

Researched and written seven essays that explain the role of New Zealand Police during WWI. ... more