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MTG Hawke's Bay

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The limited space doesn't optimise the Musuem's extensive collection

It's great for what is there but I'd like to see the Ahuriri Rothman's building being opened up for... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Margaret S
Napier, New Zealand
Worth a visit

We had a couple of free hours and decided to check out the earthquake display at the MTG Hawkes... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
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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...more
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Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 March 2014

What a great asset for Napier. I have visited twice now for new exhibitions and came away delighted each time. Really completes a travellers must-do list in Napier, of course for the 1931 earthquake exhibition but also a clever display of New Zealand art and...More

3  Thank hamishremington
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 November 2014

The old museum was a great asset to Napier, it was informative and interesting. The new Museum is hardly a museum and more of an art gallery. Where has the earthquake display gone? Etry is too expensive and just not worth going

4  Thank Rob K
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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Trip Advisor’s suggested 1-2 hours for the MTG Hawke’s Bay is pretty accurate. We explored every room although admittedly didn’t read every plaque. We spent the most time in the rooms describing the 1931 earthquake and the local Maori tribes and culture. Entry is free...More

Thank Comila R
Reviewed 2 September 2018

It's great for what is there but I'd like to see the Ahuriri Rothman's building being opened up for general public displays so that we could all see more of Napier's treasures. It would also supplement the Ahuriri tourist experiences.

1  Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This Museum located in the heart of Napier focuses on the catastrophic 1931 earthquake of Hawke’s bay. Scenes from the ruined city are depicted on the lower level of the museum. The photos and videos were somewhat depressing for a tourist. The upper floor has...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We came through here not knowing what to expect but it was so well done and so informative. Everyone has heard of the Napier Earthquake but until you are faced with the pictures and details you don't appreciate how big and devastating it was, and...More

Thank L0veT0Tr4vel
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We had a couple of free hours and decided to check out the earthquake display at the MTG Hawkes Bay.Well worth the visit some amazing photos and displays .You must listen to some of the survivors accounts of the day the earthquake struck.

Thank MikeGlobal
Reviewed 1 July 2018

This museum is a wonderful regional museum which tells great stories of national relevance with a Napier/Hawkes Bay bent. The earthquake gallery is a highlight, telling the poignant stories with tact and respect. Takes about 2/3 hours to do the whole museum but is totally...More

Thank Charlette P
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Shared with library and museum, and with a good auditorium for concerts and functions, this is a well loved facility

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 4 June 2018

The MTG has a wonderful place for for a history lesson on thr big earthquake of 193. It was amazing that more people were not killed during the quake. The second floor has Maori history, the third floor has art from various people. When we...More

Thank gjsamson
Reviewed 4 June 2018

We called to especially visit the 1931 Napier earthquake displays. Very well laid out and plenty of information to read and take in. We especially liked the videos stories made some years ago by people we had experienced the earthquake. The earthquake was 87 years...More

Thank AytonWellington
Reviewed 27 May 2018

The Museum was excellent. Not large but packed with so much memorabilia and history on Napier. Not to be missed.

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