Tairāwhiti Museum is a 5-minute walk from the CBD, across Peel Street Bridge and through Kelvin Park. There is free parking on Stout Street.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday and Public Holidays 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Closed – Easter Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day


  • Adults $5
    12 years and under and Friends of the Museum free entry
  • Free entry for local residents

Food and drink, bags

  • For the protection of the art and objects on display food and drink and large bags are not permitted in the galleries


  • Photography in the museum is generally permitted for personal use
  • Do not use a flash and respect ‘no photography’ signs
  • Contact the museum for commercial photography or filming enquiries

Wifi is available free of charge for museum visitors and cafe patrons


  • A disabled carpark is available directly outside the museum
  • Access to the museum, café and shop is step free and a wheelchair is available for visitors to use
  • Access to the Star of Canada, lower-level gallery and Wyllie Cottage (upstairs) is via stairs only
  • Baby-changing and breastfeeding facilities are available

Our Neighbours

C Company Memorial House

C Company Memorial House, a Memorial to C Company of the 28th Māori Battalion is owned and operated by Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust

Free entry

Opening hours: Tues – Sun 12 – 3pm (winter hours may vary, please call ahead)

Tel: 06 281 0478

Lysnar House Studios

Lysnar House (behind Tairāwhiti Museum) is used by The Gisborne Artists’ Society and Gisborne Pottery Group and regularly holds art workshops and tuition.



Contact the museum to book a guided tour or to enquire about venue hire.


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Reviews from visitors

  •   Excellent museum and gallery. Concise information and well laidout. A nice cup of tea and scrumptous rhubarb cake in the little cafe in the museum to finish a morning well... read more

    thumb Lela1950

      This town museum, with it’s beautiful riverside location, just about has it all!! Wonderfully diverse and eclectic, the collections celebrate Gisborne’s long Maori history and culture. Likewise, the arrival and... read more


      I visited this place on the 10th of April 2019 and I was very pleased to have visited the place with lots and lots of interesting things to see. I... read more

    thumb Freedom151013
  •   A place you need to go if you are in Gisborne very very interesting. Not a large museum but alot in there


      Loved the C Company exhibition, which is in a separate building just outside the museum entrance. This is a moving exhibit depicting the young Māori men from the region who... read more

    thumb AdrienneHannan

      Beautifully maintained museum full of history both Maori and pakeha. Lovely cafe where the rhubarb and ginger slice is really yum

  •   We were lost for something to do on a wet day and decided that the museum was worth a visit. We are so glad we did. The separate C Company... read more

    thumb neil1342014

      This wonderful place is worth seeing. If you are local don't take it for granted, If your visiting take the time to look in.

    thumb Kevin C

      Free to locals but inexpensive for visitors this museum is worth a visit. There is a surprisingly small (given the museum's reputation) exhibition area but it is well laid out... read more

  •   Intended to have a quick look around this museum but ended up staying for the morning. Excellent exhibition of culture and there was a large display of Leonardo de Vinci's... read more

    thumb Graham B

      The entry is $5 and the knowledge you get is limitless. And I felt it was fun time wandering around knowing new things. Not like some other museum. Must go.


      I really enjoyed going around the museum. It has a very good mix of exhibitions, so there will be something to choose interest all and can easily spend a few... read more

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We welcome ideas for new projects and exhibitions so if you have something in mind, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

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