Te Papa’s new collections site live

The new Collections Online homepage.

Fiona Moorhead, Te Papa’s new Collections site launches – get hunting, 15 September 2017

It’s hugely exciting to announce that Te Papa’s new Collections site launches today. 

The new site is a complete replacement of the previous Collections site. It’s built using modern, sustainable technology which will allow us to keep building and developing the site in the months and years to come.

The design of the site is simple and clear, which will make it easier to browse and search to find what you’re looking for.

We’ve made some significant enhancements to image display and zoom, which means it’s now much easier to see the fascinating details of a mummified moa head, dodge a horse tram on Wellington’s Lambton Quay in 1877, see what’s happening on the street in 19th century Queenstown, or zoom into the detail of the French wallpaper that inspired New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s artwork exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

This post provides more information about what’s new on Te Papa’s new Collections site.

What’s new?
Changes you’ll see on the new site include:

  • Search provides more relevant results
  • Search filters make it easy to refine search results to find what you’re looking for
  • Image zoom is a fast, immersive experience that allows you to get closer to Te Papa’s collections
  • Huge improvements to speed across all aspects of the site
  • Site design provides clear display of complex information about objects, specimens, taxonomies, categories, places, people
  • Support for macrons in display and search. For example, you can find kahu kurī (dog skin cloaks) by searching ‘kahu kurī’ or ‘kahu kuri’.