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

  •   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 exhibit on loan from Florence. Also there were lots of Maori artifacts and the bridge...More

    thumb DarylJ552

      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

      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
  •   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

      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 precious artefacts need low level lighting but a lot of the information was unreadable due...More

    thumb BnBsue

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

    thumb mamakate2015

      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 art.

    thumb Peter M

      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
  •   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 ship. Not to be missed.

    thumb k0enraadk

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

    thumb cliftonpcra

      Stopped for lunch and afterwards wandered into the museum for a look. We were impressed with the displays and the way the collections are presented. Definitely worth visiting and taking about 30-45 minutes to wander thru. The local history is told well through the exhibits.

    thumb kaweraukid

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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