The museum is now closed to the public, read the latest museum covid-19 response information here

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

  •   I took 4 of my children aged 7, 10, 13 and 14 to the museum and I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed. It cost $5 per person (under... read more

    thumb Louise M

      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

      Excellent displays of museum items and local art. Next door is the Maori C Company exhibition. Worth visiting too.

    thumb TrishRob
  •   The staff were friendly and really helpful. The layout was a little strange but fun. The Display were amazing

    thumb cliftonpcra

      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

      Just minutes from the city this is a great place to visit. It features local art, an impressive history of the local area and a unique section of a wrecked... read more

    thumb k0enraadk
  •   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 LaagPirmi

      We could easily have spent a half day at this museum. We especially liked the Maori viewpoint expressed through the contemporary art display. Despite us being Pakeha we... read more

    thumb TOTonTour

      My grandson loves museum’s so it was great to visit Tairawhiti Museum. Enjoyed the whole experience. My grandson really enjoyed the boat & I must say I did too. Was... read more

    thumb 3ComB1
  •   For non locals at $5 per person, this is a bargain. The exhibitions are informative without being too large as in some metropolitan museums. Whilst there was the expected history... read more

    thumb Kiwiseley

      This is a nice little museum, there is several buildings in this museum. The first is a war memorial for all the Kiwis that served their country, very nice. The... read more

    thumb gjsamson

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


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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