The British Museum, Māori Collection

The British Museum holds the largest Māori collections outside New Zealand, including some items of major artistic and cultural significance.  Did you know there are 3491 items mentioning New Zealand (Māori ) including tools, clubs, cloaks, weapons, prints and photographic prints?

The best way to see the collection is to visit the museum but if you are not able to you can also view the collection by clicking here.

The arrival of English explorer James Cook in New Zealand in 1769 saw the first gifting of taonga (ancestral treasures) by Māori to Europeans. Māori taonga eventually ended up in the collections of almost every major museum in the world.

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