New Zealand Police Museum

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New Zealand Police Museum
Address: Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Road, Porirua, Wellington

Opening hours: Open from 10am – 5pm every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday
Admission: Free

Guided tours and education programmes

Five children dressed up in New Zealand Police uniforms at the New Zealand Police Museum.Group tours are available on request and can be adapted to suit individual needs and ages. Group booking charges:

  • adults $5
  • senior citizens $3
  • children $3
  • school holiday programmes $5.

Junior Detective Mystery activity books are entertaining and free.

Check out the Police Museum experience and education programme (PDF, 642KB) to find out more about what is on offer. The Curator Public Programmes can help you plan your visit. 

To book:

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Armed Offenders Squad: Cordon, Contain, Appeal - new permanent exhibition

The Armed Offenders Squad museum logo.Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS), the New Zealand Police Museum opens its newest permanent exhibition Armed Offenders Squad: Cordon, Contain, Appeal on Friday 8 August.

Exploring the human cost of policing in New Zealand, the exhibition presents a powerful history of armed offender incidents in New Zealand and the development of New Zealand Police’s response to those armed offenders.

From formative experiences in the 1940s, the catalyst events of 1963 that led to the formation of the AOS, early AOS call outs in the 1960s, significant national events including Aramoana in 1990, through to a more recent event; the Napier Siege in 2009.

Suspicious Looking - online mug shot exhibition

Photographs of Daniel Tohill from the online mug shot exhibitionA collection of mug shots from 1886-1908. This online exhibition explores the stories behind some compelling photographs. From this collection, Daniel Tohill was voted New Zealand's smoothest criminal when his image went viral in 2012.


Police cultural property and original criminal case evidence are used in exhibitions to tell the story of New Zealand Police and their changing role in upholding New Zealand law. Many major historical events also feature, including the 1912 Waihī strike, the 1981 Springbok Tour, the Mount Erebus disaster and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.



Police records and personal files

Archives New Zealand is the official repository for government archives. For access to Police records (including access to personal files for genealogical research) contact or visit Archives New Zealand:

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Address: 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Access to Police records is restricted until 100 years from date of closure, or 70 years from date of closure for Police Gazettes.

Criminal records

To find out about access to criminal records visit the Ministry of Justice website.

General Police history

Most districts of New Zealand have a book outlining the history of policing in their local area. To view a list of books about policing in New Zealand visit the Police history page.

Most of these titles will be available through your local library. Alternatively contact the Police Museum to purchase any of the books on the list via the museum shop.