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Collections Online is a searchable database of objects and specimens from Te Papa's permanent collection. Each database record includes information about an object or specimen as well as an image, when available. It is possible to zoom in on many of the images.
Due to the extremely large number of objects and specimens in Te Papa's collection, not all objects or specimens are currently available in Collections Online. Further, many of the records available were created from historic documentation that does not necessarily represent the best available knowledge about the objects or specimens. Imaging of collections is also a resource intensive process, so not all records have images. Some images may contain colour bars or other devices to help in accurate capture and reproduction of the objects.
Review and updating of these records is a continual process, and more records and images are released each month.