Honour the sacrifices, learn the campaigns, be inspired by the stories of courage, loyalty and comradeship.

Make a visit to New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique collection of military exhibits, memorabilia and public research material. A place where families can seek out and relate to their military connections.


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

Responsible Tourism

The National Army Museum understands it creates environmental and social impact through its activities. We actively try to reduce adverse effects by buying wisely, using resources efficiently, and disposing of waste responsibly.


For many years New Zealanders had been reluctant to commemorate their military history and as a result, plans for a national war museum had not eventuated.

The New Zealand Army had maintained small collections and displays at Dunedin, Burnham, Linton and Waiouru. In 1964, a small museum was established in the original Waiouru Homestead, and it wasn’t until thirteen years later that the Chief of General Staff, Major-General Ronald Hassett (a veteran of WWII and Korea) launched “Operation Heritage” to develop a National Army Museum.

The Museum was designed to function as a memorial; to acquire, preserve and display aspects of New Zealand’s military history; and to serve as a research and teaching facility.


The National Army Museum is a Registered Charitable Trust. Most civilian staff are employed by Defence (Army) with the exception of the commercial activites and education assistance staff. The National Army Museum also has a number of volunteers which it calls on from time to time.


Adults $15.00
Child (when accompanied by an adult) $5.00
Under 5 years of age Free
Student (with ID) $10.00
Family (2 adults plus school age children) $35.00
Senior Citizens (65 years & over) $10.00

Opening Hours


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm


9am – 4.30pm

Closed Christmas Day

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