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

  •   Not keen on the artistic stuff as I find the descriptions of why they do what they do precious and pretentious. You either like it it not. But the artifacts... read more

    thumb Mike T

      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

      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
  •   Gisbornes museum is a great place to visit. It has a cafe serving great coffee and baking. It has a gift shop selling a nice selection of boojs, jewelery and... read more

    thumb Peter M

      Locals visit free which helps make this a cheap visit for visitors to town - especially if they like the arts and haven't been before - it blows them away... read more

    thumb Rus H

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


      the museum is very well set out and has a lot of interesting exhibits. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed our visit.


      Really enjoyed our look around this museum, we started with a coffee in the cafe which was delicious. The exhibits and information in the museum were interesting, I appreciate that... read more

    thumb BnBsue
  •   A very pleasant stroll around this museum. Lots of items to see and a wide variety of things to look at with great local info, interesting Maori artifacts to lalique... read more

    thumb Sally D

      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

      As with all museums in NZ there is a big focus on the Maori heritage and history. It is across the river from the main town and not that easy... read more

    thumb Hairyhenry

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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