New Zealand museums and galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to our history and contribute to our national identity. Generating in excess of 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting over 8 million visits each year, museums and galleries are currently ranked as the top attraction for New Zealand's overseas visitors.
There is unprecedented growth in the establishment and development of museum facilities and services in most regions of New Zealand. Around 3500 people are currently employed in New Zealand museums, and at least twice that number of volunteers. Total annual museum operating and capital expenditure is in excess of $300 million.
New Zealand museums are actively focused on enriching their communities by enhancing the quality of their facilities, collections, programmes, products and services. Museums play a pivotal role in the national heritage, education, leisure, and tourism sectors, and they demonstrate and profile New Zealand's innovation and leadership internationally.