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MTG Hawke's Bay

Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 7781
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First time and we will be back

Excellent museum and art gallery which we thoroughly enjoyed. I am a fan of Colin McCahon so it... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Joan M
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Fantastic museum with plenty to see

We went as a family with our 7 year old and can honestly say the museum far exceeded our... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Havelock North, New Zealand
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 7781
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Excellent museum and art gallery which we thoroughly enjoyed. I am a fan of Colin McCahon so it was a treat to see several of his paintings on loan from the Auckland Art Gallery and also from private collections. We both particularly liked the Napier...More

Thank Joan M
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We went as a family with our 7 year old and can honestly say the museum far exceeded our expectations. The exhibition on the basement level on the 1931 earthquake was excellent. Another highlight was the quiz our child was able to complete on her...More

Thank vickil41
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I enjoyed visiting this museum. It isn't huge, but still you can spend there 2/3 hours, in a very quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The building itself is worth to be seen, with an outer wall completely covered by colorful pins, and very fancy and elegant...More

Thank Dafne1980
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Was great to visit on a rainy day. I liked the expo about Napier's quake and really appreciated the Cubism exposition. Beautiful painting. Architecture worth a visit. It's a bit small for the price, we stayed like 1/2h.

Thank nina1007
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

For me this is the latest exciting exhibition at the Napier. MTG. When visiting one is welcomed by the very friendly staff & given a map & an explanation of the exhibits. There is a strong representation of the Maori contribution to history, local history,...More

Thank marywise1234
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Napier sees itself as the Art-Deco city (I reckon Hastings is well worth a visit on that front) and this comes back to the devasting earthquake so well documented here. This excellent and well designed musem tells the story through the words and photographs of...More

Thank Thursday41
Reviewed 9 July 2017

On a very wet day MTG provided refuge from the weather and provided some great exhibitions - the Earthquake display, downstairs, details the tragedy that befell Napier in the 1930s - upstairs, Maori culture and craft is explored and on the first floor, contemporary exhibitions...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 5 May 2017

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

Thank 313lego
Reviewed 3 May 2017

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
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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...More

Thank Cherie P
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