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

  •   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

      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 we came away with some great historical facts and talking points to discuss afterwards as a...More

    thumb tigerjon73
  •   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 glass in a collection. Hidden surprises through each doorway with a salvaged ship wheel room...More

    thumb Sally D

      Which should say it all really. Wonderful small town feel but lots to see. Really enjoyed it. Would go back again.

    thumb MrPiquet

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

    thumb KapitiTraveller
  •   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

      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 to find. It was well laid out but its not very big. There's a nice...More

    thumb Hairyhenry

      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
  •   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 designs and inventions. Remarkable reconstructions from the drawings he did at the time. Following on...More

    thumb Graham B

      My grandson loves museum’s so it was great to visit Tairawhiti Museum. Enjoyed the whole experience. My grandson really enjoyed the boat & I must say I did too. Was great to see the artwork by Phyllis Underdown - she was my art teacher at...More

    thumb 3ComB1

      Nicely located in a small park in a green part of Gisborne, close to the center. Museum with a great atmosphere to discover a diversity of artists and a part of New Zealand's (artistic) history. There is also a nice café/brasserie. Take about 90 minutes...More

    thumb OlivierFromBrussels

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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