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

  •   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 great to see the artwork by Phyllis Underdown - she was my art teacher at...More

    thumb 3ComB1

      Cost to enter is only $5 per adult. What a fantastic little local history museum (not usually that keen on them), combined with art gallery, displaying both contemporary and historical art. No horrible musty smells here and lots of interactive displays as well. Come as...More

    thumb DesaraeW3

      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 to find. It was well laid out but its not very big. There's a nice...More

    thumb Hairyhenry
  •   This place was recommended by family who live locally. Really glad we took the time to have a look at it. Covers the history of the local area including the Maori people. Also encompasses an art gallery showcasing local artists.

    thumb fremantlewa

      We started our visit to the Tairawhiti Musuem at the cafe with a light lunch out on the deck overlooking Kelvin Park, this set us up for a very pleasant hour or so in the museum, art gallery and gift store. The collections within the...More

    thumb kpiddy

      Spent a hour or so on Saturday morning after the farmers market wandering through the museum. Had really good local history, as well as some great local artists. Highlight for me was the Star of Canada ship that stands proudly over the waters edge. You...More

    thumb KeithB3196
  •   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 glass in a collection. Hidden surprises through each doorway with a salvaged ship wheel room...More

    thumb Sally D

      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 inside as well.

    thumb Elle_knz

      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 12 free) so was $15 for our group. There is a gorgeous historic cottage outside...More

    thumb Louise M
  •   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 hours here. It is also reasonable priced, $5 for adults and children under 12 are...More

    thumb Irish_Kiwi77

      This is a fairly standard local museum. As others have said. It has all the local historical artefacts that you could need. Lots of local history and art. It’s quite educational. Currently there is the Da Vinci exhibition which is fairly cool.

    thumb SilicoJack

      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 there is too much to touch while I'm trying to relax with a coffee. Customer...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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