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

Admission

  • 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

  • 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

Access

  • 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

Covid-19

  • 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

  •   A very poorly heated building, particularly out the back part where the Star of Canada is. No heating at all here. When there's a cold southerly blowing and... read more

    RoseB2958
    10/28/2019

      This wonderful place is worth seeing. If you are local don't take it for granted, If your visiting take the time to look in.

    thumb Kevin C
    10/03/2018

      Hours of browsing and wondering. Free to locals. Great cafe / small souvenir shopping for overseas visitors too

    thumb KapitiTraveller
    6/03/2018
  •   Well worth a visit ... excellent local history and current exhibitions too. Could spend more time here easily

    thumb HeatherH3808
    3/01/2019

      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... read more

    kpiddy
    7/12/2019

      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... read more

    thumb SilicoJack
    4/01/2018
  •   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
    3/11/2019

      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
    12/26/2018

      Very interesting part of Gisborne history. Used to be i believe part of the "Kia ora" Butter factory. In those days that was your only choice of spread. On this... read more

    Alexander S
    11/19/2019
  •   Art work, historical displays, cafe and shop ... all of a high quality. Small but very nicely constructed. Allow at least an hour.

    thumb HelenJG786
    2/10/2019

      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
    1/19/2018

      We drove to the Tairawhiti Museum around noon and had a fairly good lunch in the café before going into see the exhibits. There was a special Leornardo Da Vinci... read more

    thumb DarylJ552
    5/24/2018

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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