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


  • 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

  •   I visited this place on the 10th of April 2019 and I was very pleased to have visited the place with lots and lots of interesting things to see. I... read more

    thumb LaagPirmi

      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

      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
  •   Locals visit free which helps make this a cheap visit for visitors to town - especially if they like the arts and haven't been before - it blows them away... read more

    thumb Rus H

      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

      Well worth a visit ... excellent local history and current exhibitions too. Could spend more time here easily

    thumb HeatherH3808
  •   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

      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... read more

    thumb Elle_knz

      Has a good Maori pre and post colonisation history. Some cool artifacts and nice video of 2 kaumatua. Small Museum. $5 entry for non residence, free for kids.

  •   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


      Spent a hour or so on Saturday morning after the farmers market wandering through the museum. Had really good local history, as well as some great local artists. Highlight for... read more

    thumb KeithB3196

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

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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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