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  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

    avatar thumb Rus H
    June 5, 2019

    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  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.

    avatar thumb Kevin C
    October 3, 2018
  • star rating  Interesting regional museum - Excellent small but detailed displays and very good art section with unexpected lalique glass and Japanese exhibits.

    April 1, 2021

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

    avatar thumb mamakate2015
    February 6, 2019

    star rating  Nice Mueseum - I came from Auckland, and I thought I will see a museum like the one in Auckland, but I was mistaken, but think in other way, this is a regional... read more

    February 2, 2021
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb TOTonTour
    March 11, 2019

    star rating  Family visit to get out of the sun - A great way to spend a few hours in Gisborne to get out of the sunshine. Lots of interesting things to see for young and old alike

    January 10, 2022

    star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb neil1342014
    January 5, 2018
  • star rating  A place you need to go if you are in Gisborne very very interesting. Not a large museum but alot in there

    September 4, 2019

    star rating  Worth a look - Great review of the history of the area, particularly liked the captains quarters of a ship that had stranded and the top bit had been removed to add to a... read more

    January 20, 2021

    star rating  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

    avatar thumb DarylJ552
    May 24, 2018

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