There are many ways to support us

Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the most maritime nations in the world. The story of every one of us is affected by the sea – through immigration, trade, design, innovation, leisure – and the New Zealand Maritime Museum is a hub for all of these stories.

Whether a lifelong yachtie or someone who has never before set foot on a boat, you will find relevance and personal connections to the stories and taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Make a donation

Your support helps us preserve, share and explore the stories of our people and the sea with our visitors, both national and international.


Partner with us

Our Patron Programme enables you to bring your interests and passions to the fore. We will work with you to understand your specific priorities so you can make a personal difference to the New Zealand Maritime Museum.


Leave a gift

A gift in your Will can leave a lasting legacy to the future of New Zealand’s maritime heritage, people and stories.


Endowment Fund 

Your support can help ensure the long term sustainability of one of the nation’s most important heritage collections, covering the breadth of our relationship with the ocean: from the Great Pacific Migration to the cutting edge of modern technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting.

Endowment Fund


Join us as we move into a new phase of growth and activity with a higher level of museological best practice.

The New Zealand Maritime Museum, an integral part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural fabric, unites people with the sea and our maritime heritage. Through our exhibition galleries, education and learning programmes, sailings on heritage boats, library and archives, the Museum enables people to understand and celebrate the role our maritime heritage plays in defining what it means to be a New Zealander.

Recognising that all of our partnerships are unique, we will carefully consider your values and commercial objectives while working with you to develop a strategic package of bespoke benefits and leverage opportunities that provide you with a highly impactful and meaningful return on your investment.

We’d love to meet with you to discuss how we can create a rich and rewarding partnership – contact Caroline Nelson, Head of Advancement: or 021 244 1299

Our Supporters and Partners

The New Zealand Maritime Museum gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from the following organisations, trusts and foundations.

  • Auckland Council Libraries
  • Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust 
  • Edmiston Trust
  • Foundation North
  • Four Winds Foundation
  • Freemasons Potter Masonic Trust
  • Industrial Lubricants & Services Ltd
  • James Searle Say Foundation
  • Lloyd’s Register of Shipping
  • Maritime Museum Foundation
  • Ministry of Education

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