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MTG Hawke's Bay

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Address: Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-835 7781
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

MTG Hawke's Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural...

MTG Hawke's Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural centre of this stylish city for over 150 years. MTG Hawke's Bay is a place where people, objects and ideas meet.

MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character - an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawke Bay.

MTG Hawke's Bay is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions and a world-class research facility. The MTG Theatre hosts a lively programme of film and performing arts.

MTG Hawke's Bay uses its collection to tell the stories of New Zealand with assurance and style. This is the place to get a fresh perspective on the stories you know including the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Here too the art that adorns our walls and the objects that fill our homes come together alongside precious photographs and documents to creatively illustrate the life stories of successive generations of New Zealanders.

Visit our fabulous little shop selling a range of MTG publications and merchandise inspired by the magic of the Museum collections.

MTG Hawke's Bay welcomes visitors from all over the world to share in the complex and fascinating history of New Zealand through the lens of a distinct and characterful region.

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Very nice museum

Interesting well organized museum. Surprisingly good for size of the city. Great art gallery in museum.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting well organized museum. Surprisingly good for size of the city. Great art gallery in museum.

Thank 313lego
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This modern museum is a credit to Napier both in design and content. There were several small but interesting exhibitions together with Maori exhibits and most interesting of all, the 1931 Earthquake exhibition. This was very well presented and very moving. Well worth a visit

Thank Diane B
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to find out a little more about Napier and the massive earthquake of 1931 and what Napier did to recover with many accounts from different people about how they were affected that day. Really enjoyed my time spent there learning of that day and the years following.

Thank Cherie P
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

MTG has both a permanent collection and special exhibitions, always several interesting ones at the same time. Its Maori collection is exquisite. Items are well displayed and explained. It also houses a permanent exhibition about the 1931 Napier earthquake. Very well done.

Thank useful74
Wairarapa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This new museum is set out very well, and we (visiting with children) found it very accessible for them. They enjoyed the exhibits and the worksheets that were provided to keep the kids focussed. The space is clean and light with none of the ennui sometimes palpable in older museums. Well done, Napier!

Thank Quack_quack_quackl
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't care for this museum, that being said we did enjoy the earthquake section. Can't help but feel that it should be free for locals.....

Thank Aaron B
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Learn about the great earthquake of 1931. The bottom floor of the museum contains memorabilia, photos and documents related to the earthquake of 1931. There is a 30 minute film that runs continuously detailing first hand accounts from survivors of the quake. Worth a visit!

Thank Sarah B
Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We visited a year or so ago, didn't think much but decided to give it another go. I wish we hadn't. The displays are limited. The Maori area tells mostly about who provided the object, but little about the story of the object. The limited information is difficult to read due to the lighting and clear style it uses. It... More 

Thank Rick M
Otaki Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

The earthquake displays are amazing and there are regularly changing exhibits as well. great for a few hours!

Thank 777Otaki
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

This museum has a very good exhibition on the earthquake that struck Napier in the early 1900's, devastating the town. The other exhibits and information provided in relation to the history of the Hawke's Bay Region is also fascinating and makes you appreciate the area

Thank Baylovers

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