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

  •   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 nice overview to the area if you're interested in local history. There are some lovely pieces of art to view, along with some nice local historical stories. A small... read more

    thumb W3sty3

      Which should say it all really. Wonderful small town feel but lots to see. Really enjoyed it. Would go back again.

    thumb MrPiquet
  •   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

      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 were stuck on a rainy day in Gisborne & came to the museum with no preconceived idea of what we might discover. We had a wonderful surprise and... read more

    thumb tigerjon73
  •   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

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


      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
  •   Great place and great price. I really liked the surf board collection and the old ship at the end of the building.

    thumb Bill T

      A good place to get a feel for local history, for a small fee ($5) each to get in as a non-resident. Some really cool artefacts in there. There... read more


      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


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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