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

April School Holidays

Three images of children at the New Zealand Police Museum enjoying the school holiday programme.It's going to be a fun two weeks at the New Zealand Police Museum these holidays. Grab a clipboard and follow trails of 'evidence' in our Junior Detective Trail, unravel our latest Senior Detective Mystery or join us for our Scene of Crime Officer Workshops.

Plus we have all the usual favourites including police uniform dress ups and the M.O.T. motorbike; they make a great photo opportunity for the young and the young at heart! With so much on offer we're sure we'll see you at the New Zealand Police Museum these school holidays.

SOCO Workshops: Evidence Collection

Come along to the New Zealand Police Museum and learn how to identify and develop fingerprint evidence like a scene-of-crime office. In this half hour workshop our newest recruits will learn how to identify and develop latent fingerprints using forensic techniques. All recruits take home an evidence container with their own prints inside!

$5 per child. Bookings essential - spaces are limited to 15 children per workshop so please call (04) 238 3141 or email to secure your place. Only suitable for children aged 7 to 13 years, adult supervision required.

Workshops will run at 2pm, Tuesday, 22 April - Thursday, 24 April 2014, and Monday, 28 April - Friday, 2 May 2014.

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.


Guided tours and education programmes

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.

The Curator Public Programmes can help you plan your visit.

To book:

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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.