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

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

    thumb suekeith2016

      A fantastic museum highlighting the history of Tairawhiti. Highly recommended. The children love it as much as the adults.


      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
  •   Excellent museum and gallery. Concise information and well laidout. A nice cup of tea and scrumptous rhubarb cake in the little cafe in the museum to finish a morning well... read more

    thumb Lela1950

      Art work, historical displays, cafe and shop ... all of a high quality. Small but very nicely constructed. Allow at least an hour.

    thumb HelenJG786

      A place you need to go if you are in Gisborne very very interesting. Not a large museum but alot in there

  •   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


      Free to locals but inexpensive for visitors this museum is worth a visit. There is a surprisingly small (given the museum's reputation) exhibition area but it is well laid out... read more


      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
  •   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... read more

    thumb gjsamson

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

    thumb cliftonpcra

      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

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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