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

Admission

  • 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

  • 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

Access

  • 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

Covid-19

  • 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

  •   This town museum, with it’s beautiful riverside location, just about has it all!! Wonderfully diverse and eclectic, the collections celebrate Gisborne’s long Maori history and culture. Likewise, the arrival and... read more

    ddilling30
    1/18/2020

      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
    2/06/2019

      I took 4 of my children aged 7, 10, 13 and 14 to the museum and I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed. It cost $5 per person (under... read more

    thumb Louise M
    1/07/2018
  •   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
    10/03/2018

      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
    4/21/2019

      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

    thumb TOTonTour
    3/11/2019
  •   Which should say it all really. Wonderful small town feel but lots to see. Really enjoyed it. Would go back again.

    thumb MrPiquet
    4/08/2019

      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

    thumb Kiwiseley
    12/10/2018

      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... read more

    thumb 3ComB1
    4/18/2019
  •   While cramped in the corner the outside area was pleasant and I loved the bargains for sale next to the coffee area. I would not want to bring my toddler... read more

    thumb 232annettet
    2/02/2018

      I really enjoyed going around the museum. It has a very good mix of exhibitions, so there will be something to choose interest all and can easily spend a few... read more

    thumb Irish_Kiwi77
    11/23/2017

      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

    thumb k0enraadk
    11/09/2018

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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