MTG Hawke's Bay

MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier: Hours, Address, MTG Hawke's Bay Reviews: 4/5

MTG Hawke's Bay
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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thompsonmc2016
West Auckland, United Kingdom86 contributions
Apr 2022
This place is worth a visit to get a good history of the area. Staff attentive and helpful, and ready to answer questions.
Written 22 April 2022
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StaceyCheer
Arapuni, New Zealand145 contributions
Apr 2022
We stumbled into the MTG while waiting for a tour to begin. What a great way to fill in an hour! We particularly enjoyed the earthquake exhibit, with its wonderful first-hand accounts and the surviving artifacts. A very sobering history of how Napier was destroyed and rebuilt, and the resilience of NZers.
Written 11 April 2022
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Margaret S
Napier, New Zealand550 contributions
Nov 2021
I preferred the old entry layout with the Māori statues etc. The Faraday Centre would be much more interesting to school students I think. Theres too much reading for the young and not enough items to look at and discuss.
Written 29 January 2022
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Prince Vegeta
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Dec 2021
This is one awesome museum plus entry is free. Must visit the earthquake museum in lower level where we were in tears reading the survivor accounts. Must sit for the survivor stories. Amazing.
Written 2 January 2022
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DudleyandFreda
Napier, New Zealand125 contributions
Oct 2021
Well worth a visit to view the Napier earthquake exhibitions but we found the other exhibitions a bit wishy washy and lacked content, could have been better and more informative.
Written 18 October 2021
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Matthew
Wellington, New Zealand30 contributions
Oct 2021
Great little provincial museum. Good for an hour's escape from the sun, and a chance to learn a little about the local history. Can definitely recommend the voices of Kahungunu, as well as the Earthquake gallery. The exhibition on the history of freezing works was also really interesting!
Written 9 October 2021
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Eisie
21 contributions
Nov 2020
Excellently presented exhibitions. Lots of variety in the different galleries. Three floors, and free entry. Nice gift shop.
Written 18 November 2020
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DiB5
Hamilton, New Zealand105 contributions
Sep 2020
Interesting exhibit on the earthquake. The personal stories from the survivors in video format was fascinating.
Written 6 September 2020
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Margaret G
32 contributions
Sep 2020
We really enjoyed this museum. The exhibit on the earthquake was the highlight for us because we are familiar with the more general history exhibits. The film, which consisted of a series of interviews with people who had experienced the earthquake and its aftermath was particularly interesting. We don't usually take the time to watch such things, but on this occasion it was so interesting we stayed for almost all of it.
Written 5 September 2020
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Barbara B
5 contributions
Jul 2020
I have been there 4 times over the years and love this place. The basement exhibition on the devastating earthquake is essential viewing.
Written 5 July 2020
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MTG Hawke's Bay is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM