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

  •   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


      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

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      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

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  •   Loved the C Company exhibition, which is in a separate building just outside the museum entrance. This is a moving exhibit depicting the young Māori men from the region who... read more

    thumb AdrienneHannan

      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

      This museum is pretty amazing for a small town. There is both art and history and the lay out is interesting as well.

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  •   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

      Intended to have a quick look around this museum but ended up staying for the morning. Excellent exhibition of culture and there was a large display of Leonardo de Vinci's... read more

    thumb Graham B

      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

  •   Lovely little museum with various exhibitions and displays. Maori Battalion house , Star of Canada and Wyllie Cottage. Nice cafe and gift shop. Well worth a look round


      A fantastic museum highlighting the history of Tairawhiti. Highly recommended. The children love it as much as the adults.


      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... read 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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