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Tairawhiti Museum

Phone

06 867 3832

Hours Open

  • Weekdays: 10am–4pm
  • Saturday: 10am–4pm
  • Sunday: 1:30pm–4pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Suitable for Ages

  • Families

Ticket Information

  • General Admission: $5.00
  • Local Resident Admission: $2.00
  • Free Admission on Mondays: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the best museums in New Zealand.

The museum is both museum and art gallery to the Tairawhiti region. Endeavouring to reflect ancient and recent histories, a variety of changing and semi-permanent exhibitions are on offer to the visitor.

The exhibition Watersheds | Ngâ Wai Pupû flows through the history of Tairāwhiti. Beginning with Māori accounts of how the world began this river of history finishes in the ocean of the present, next to the bustling city of Gisborne, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa.

Shutterbug Jack features photography from in and around Gisborne during the 1930s and 1940s. Jack Hollamby's photographs of street scenes and activities of the time portray life ‘at home’ during the World War II years.

The Price of Citizenship is a moving tribute to the men and memories of the C. Company, Maori (28) Battalion. A main component of this display is a wall of photographs displaying images of the men who gave and risked their lives for the World War Two Allied war effort.

Wyllie Cottage is the oldest European house still standing in the Gisborne area and also a popular tourist attraction. It is open to the public, having been recently refurbished to better reflect the stories of the people who lived in the cottage.

Star of Canada - Te Moana Maritime Museum offers a glimpse into 1000 years of maritime myths, legends, stories and development of the Tairawhiti East Coast region. Also included in this gallery is the arrival of Captain James Cook, the development of Gisborne’s harbour, local shipwrecks, surfing in this region, the fishing industry and surf life saving.

Free admission Mondays.

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Stout St, Gisborne

Upcoming events at Tairawhiti Museum

Pride in Tairāwhiti – Tairāwhiti Rainbow Collective

Pride in Tairāwhiti – Tairāwhiti Rainbow Collective

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Tomorrow 10:00am – more dates
Social & Political History

Kōaka o Whakaaro – Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art & D

Kōaka o Whakaaro – Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art & D

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Sat 29 Jan 10:00am – more dates
Contemporary Art

Be the Taniwha – Tai and Kaaterina Kerekere

Be the Taniwha – Tai and Kaaterina Kerekere

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Sat 29 Jan 10:00am – more dates
Contemporary Art

Out of the Closet – The Stewart Whānau Collection

Out of the Closet – The Stewart Whānau Collection

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Sat 19 Feb 10:00am – more dates
Craft & Object Art

Past events at Tairawhiti Museum

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