National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum


The Museum is home to a huge array of interesting objects including memorabilia, treasures and souvenirs from our military history.

The Museum story begins 200 years ago. Learn what type of weapons Maori tribes used when they fought each other.

One of our most popular residents is Gus the horse who takes pride of place in the Boer War section, the first overseas war that New Zealanders fought in. What was so special about a box of chocolates to the soldiers fighting in South Africa in 1899 and during WWI? Click the link to find out.

There were many New Zealand soldiers who spent time during the war as POW’s and the Museum has devoted a whole display to this – what does POW stand for?

Most of our visitors love the sight of our huge Sherman tank in the WWII galleries, and it is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

One of the highlights is the Museum’s Valour Alcove, home to an impressive collection of New Zealand Army awards for bravery and courage. Find out what a VC is.

The National Army Museum’s education team provides a range of tailor made programmes to suit the students needs and level of learning.

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