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From pinned insects to antiquities, Japanese armour to moa eggs – the Otago Museum collection holds more than 1.5 million items. 

We use these items to create exhibitions and displays, make them accessible to researchers for study, and share them with the world through our online collection.

We believe in the power of knowledge to break down barriers, inspire change and spark creativity. So, we're making our collection available online and we enable researchers around the world to access our collection in the hopes their work will create and disseminate knowledge, and add value to our collection.

The development of the Otago Museum online collection is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are regularly added. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided. If you see any mistakes or omissions please let us know.

Rights and permissions

Learn about the rights and permissions that apply to the content on our website here.


We provide access to our collection online or in person. 

 Otago Museum Access Policy

To request in-person access, fill out and submit one of the forms below. Access requests are granted at the Museum's discretion.

 Researcher access request form

 Family access request form



 Otago Museum Collection Policy




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