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


  • At Level 2 (as of 12 August) the museum and cafe are open with additional safety measures in place.  Read for more information.


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

  •   This museum is pretty amazing for a small town. There is both art and history and the lay out is interesting as well.

    thumb mamakate2015

      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

    thumb Irish_Kiwi77

      A fantastic museum highlighting the history of Tairawhiti. Highly recommended. The children love it as much as the adults.

  •   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

      We left Gisborne 50 years ago, although we have continued to visit, this visit to the museum filled in a lot of local historical background we were unaware of... read more


      Lovely little museum with various exhibitions and displays. Maori Battalion house , Star of Canada and Wyllie Cottage. Nice cafe and gift shop. Well worth a look round

  •   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

      While cramped in the corner the outside area was pleasant and I loved the bargains for sale next to the coffee area. I would not want to bring my toddler... read more

    thumb 232annettet

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

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


      Don't be put of by the outside. This museum and gallery is amazing. Only $5 for an adult. The art work is for sale and not overly expensive. Lovely cafe... read more

    thumb Elle_knz

      A gem of a museum and definitely worth a visit. The display of local history is extensive. Thoroughly enjoyed every section. The Maori history and the women's... read more

    thumb RhellieKeith

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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