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

  •   This was a great place and the exhibits are wonderful. Had lunch at the Café, food was lovely and service great.

    thumb suekeith2016

      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 exhibition telling the history of the Maori’s who enlisted in the army and fought in...More

    thumb neil1342014

      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

    thumb 232annettet
  •   The staff were friendly and really helpful. The layout was a little strange but fun. The Display were amazing

    thumb cliftonpcra

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

    thumb KapitiTraveller

      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
  •   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 fight for voting rights are particularly fascinating and important that they are told. The museum is not on...More

    thumb RhellieKeith

      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 interactive area for children.

    thumb W3sty3

      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
  •   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

      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 main museum has history of the area, then an art gallery also on the bottom...More

    thumb gjsamson

      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

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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