About Us

We are a New Zealand museum that showcases our nation’s military history – telling the stories of Kiwi soldiers and exploring our participation in major conflicts worldwide.

The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa is a Registered Charitable Trust governed by a Trust Board. Most civilian staff are employed by Defence (Army), with the exception of the commercial activities.

Our mission

To engage New Zealanders with our soldiers stories, history and the development of our Army. To show how these have shaped our identity as a country and our place in the world, thereby helping create a nation which understands and values its military.


Latest news

Women of Empire Exhibition Opens

Not all of our Anzac wartime heroes were men in khaki. The role women played in the Great War is the theme of the Museum’s latest exhibition which was recently opened in time for Christmas.

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New Technology for the Medal Repository

It is now easier to search for relative’s medals in the Museum’s very popular Medal Repository thanks to the installation of a modern touch screen.

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New Museum Director

Maree Brannigan was welcomed aboard as the Museum’s new Director with a powhiri at the New Zealand Army’s marae ….

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