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

  • star rating  The staff were friendly and really helpful. The layout was a little strange but fun. The Display were amazing

    avatar thumb cliftonpcra
    March 22, 2018

    star rating  A surprisingly large museum, with lots of diverse exhibits many of which change regularly. For example, when we visited there was a fascinating display of Maori basket weavings. I also... read more

    avatar thumb Marla H
    January 26, 2018

    star rating  Gisbornes museum is a great place to visit. It has a cafe serving great coffee and baking. It has a gift shop selling a nice selection of boojs, jewelery and... read more

    avatar thumb Peter M
    April 25, 2016
  • star rating  Just minutes from the city this is a great place to visit. It features local art, an impressive history of the local area and a unique section of a wrecked... read more

    avatar thumb k0enraadk
    November 9, 2018

    star rating  Great museum for a small city - Modern exhibits. Good souvenir shop. Lovely cafe attached - pleasant to sit on the deck overlooking the river

    February 26, 2022

    star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb Sally D
    April 12, 2019
  • star rating  Art work, historical displays, cafe and shop ... all of a high quality. Small but very nicely constructed. Allow at least an hour.

    avatar thumb HelenJG786
    February 10, 2019

    star rating  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
    November 19, 2019

    star rating  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

    avatar thumb Kiwiseley
    December 10, 2018
  • star rating  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

    July 12, 2019

    star rating  Maori Battalion - very special, moving. - Maori Battalion - very special. Had a photo of my tipuna from World war 2.
    Went to the other part of the museum, interesting.
    Coffee at the museum... read more

    Vivienne W
    June 6, 2021

    star rating  A professionally done museum featuring the culture, history and products of Gisborne and the East Cape region. Such an interesting layout, with a number of different themed galleries -... read more

    Keith C
    February 5, 2020

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