Visit New Zealand Police Museum in Wellington

The Museum takes visitors ‘up close and personal’ with policing methods of the past, present, and future, and some of the most outstanding events in New Zealand’s social and political history are revisited and examined from a police perspective. Located on the campus of the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua the Museum is in perfect context. Established in 1908 the collection was originally modelled on Scotland Yard’s Black Museum. Today the Museum houses and exhibits a large collection of New Zealand Police cultural property and criminal cases. A modern facility, the New Zealand Police Museum provides education programmes to all ages, using examples of policing excellence and telling the stories of some of the country’s more infamous crimes.

What are the museum’s opening times?

The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday. It’s also completely free!

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’.

  • FREE!
  • Open every day
  • 10am to 5pm

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