Tairawhiti Museum

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne: Hours, Address, Tairawhiti Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Tairawhiti Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. Our vision is to be an integral part of the Tairawhiti community and to stimulate passion for the stories of our region. Entry is free for local residents and $5 for visitors. Entry is free for children 12 years and under and Friends of the Museum. The Exhibit Cafe is open for lunches, brunches, morning and afternoon teas. A wide menu is available and changes with the seasons. The cafe is open from 9am - 1.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am - 1pm on Saturdays. The Tairawhiti Museum shop stocks a high-quality range of gifts. We pride ourselves on supporting local artists and makers.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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11joannan
Greater Wellington, New Zealand50 contributions
Jan 2022
A great way to spend a few hours in Gisborne to get out of the sunshine. Lots of interesting things to see for young and old alike
Written 9 January 2022
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pkdk
Wellington, New Zealand123 contributions
Nov 2021
This is an excellent museum from the Lava glass exhibition to the Star of Canada Captain's bridge (kids - old and young- love climbing up to the bridge with its bell). Attractive exhibitions of Maori and western art. Well worth a visit.
Written 6 December 2021
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,417 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We had a super wet and cold day in Gisborne. The museum was a great option. Would be great with kids. It had a good looking school holiday program going. There was lots of Maori and European exhibits as well as a ship to explore downstairs. It costs $5 to get in for adults unless you are a local , then it is free. Free for kids too. Definitely go if it is wet.
Written 13 July 2021
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Vivie313
Auckland, New Zealand220 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Maori Battalion - very special. Had a photo of my tipuna from World war 2.
Went to the other part of the museum, interesting.
Coffee at the museum was okay.
Written 5 June 2021
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fandingo
Auckland, New Zealand200 contributions
May 2021
Entry was a mere $5 for non-Gizzy residents, and worth every cent. Beautifully displayed art work, photographs, historical artefacts, with engaging information displays and not too overwhelming. We loved it!
Written 23 May 2021
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Melanie Minky Whale
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Stopped in here for an hour or so on our way through. Had some great local art exhibitions along with a number of taonga belonging to local iwi. The fascinating history of the local area was well covered. The kids loved exploring the ship that had been partially reconstructed by the river. Worth a visit!
Written 21 April 2021
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CharlieOscarPapa
Dunedin, New Zealand413 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Excellent small but detailed displays and very good art section with unexpected lalique glass and Japanese exhibits.
Written 1 April 2021
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Juanita B
Whangarei, New Zealand26 contributions
Jan 2021
What an amazing Museum. Full of a lot more than you initially expect! The stories and the pieces were wonderful. We particularly enjoyed watching the videos with the reuniting of the taonga from England, getting them back to the museum!! Very moving. Also loved the art exhibition! Very enjoyable.
Written 31 March 2021
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Lisa S
Wellington20 contributions
Mar 2021
We enjoyed the art - the short explanations in the museum - and the ship that was converted to a home was just the icing on the cake. The little cottage outside was absolutely brilliant. Maybe an explanation for the totem art outside on the field - we weren't sure who they were by and what they represented. The shop has plenty of bargains too.
Written 23 March 2021
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Rob V
Auckland, New Zealand53 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit. A very interesting place with the art works, sculptures and ship interior and decks!
Written 25 February 2021
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Tairawhiti Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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