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Accessing the collection


We wish to advise researchers that our remote enquiry service and public reading room will be closed for a period of seven months from 1 May 2021. This is being done to allow our team to focus on clearing a significant backlog of new additions to the collection.

We do appreciate that this may be frustrating, and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause. However, this project will ultimately help make our collection more accessible for researchers, as thousands of new items will be added to our collection management system, as well as being digitised, which will pave the way for more of our collection to be made available online. Since launching in February 2020, our online photo database has been enormously popular, and we are looking forward to expanding this to other parts of the collection from next year onwards.

Keep following our blogsubscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, as our Collections team will be sharing progress reports, and some of the amazing things they work on over the next few months.


Our public reading room is open by appointment.

10.30am – 3.00pm Monday-Friday.

Find out more about our public reading room

Accessing the collection


Members of the public are very welcome to access the research collection, by appointment, in our Reading Room. The reading room is a well-resourced space, consisting of a reference library of approximately 3,500 books and publications on military and New Zealand aviation, and is equipped with study tables, photocopier, television, video and DVD players, and a microfilm reader.

The Reading Room is open 10.30am to 3.00pm Monday-Friday.

Please contact us to make a time to visit, and let us know what you are researching, so we can identify and retrieve items from the archives and library that would be helpful for you to look at.



Phone (General historical enquiries): 03 343 9521

Phone (photographic enquiries): 03 343 9537

Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

We welcome visitors of all abilities