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Collections & Stories

MOTAT holds over 300,000 items in our collection showcasing the innovation, technology and ingenuity of Aotearoa. Take a moment to explore the collection and the fascinating stories of the people and places connected to it. Plus information about the Walsh Memorial Library, and how to contact us with a collection offer.
Penny Farthing Bicycle Photo by Denise Baynham
Collections Online

MOTAT's Collection tells the story of technology, innovation, transport, and social history in New Zealand. Our Collections Online hold over 80,000 items. We are constantly adding to this resource as we continue the digitisation of the Collection.

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Digitisation at the Walsh Memorial Library
Walsh Memorial Library

MOTAT’s Walsh Memorial Library houses an extensive collection of historical records, archives, and materials reflecting Auckland’s social history and New Zealand’s unique history of transport and technology.

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Vajean-Bader Smoke Protector helmet.
Collection Offer

If you are interested in donating collections to the Museum, we have an acquisitions process which needs to be carefully followed.

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Jean Batten's log book

Our stories will take you behind the scenes of technology and transport innovation from Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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