• Recent Reviews

Karen Denby
Karen Denby
22:46 27 Nov 19
Always the place to be when you want a perfect greeting card or a special gift for little kids & big kids. Reception always friendly & smiley. Exhibitions & music arvos interesting. Cafe manager always pleasant.
Graeme Vercoe
Graeme Vercoe
19:37 19 Nov 19
Local artworks are unique and fascinating. The local stories and artifacts are revealing and really interesting. The displays have been crafted with love and respect for the region's taonga. Great job Turanga.
Charlie Holland
Charlie Holland
01:52 12 Oct 19
Great pieces of art, really enjoyed our visit
Rachel Duckworth
Rachel Duckworth
05:42 10 Oct 19
An amazing exhibition - on until March 2020.
Marie Gibson
Marie Gibson
07:36 09 Oct 19
Fantastic exhibitions, a privilege to witness the return of the taonga from Captain Cook's expedition back to the whenua from which they were robbed from. Huge congratulations to the museum curators involved.
Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris
23:18 08 Oct 19
I was drawn to see the temporary exhibition of artefacts collected during Capt James Cook's voyages. This was worthwhile, though avoided describing two crucial days of the initial "collision" - as a local iwi calls it - of first contact in October 1769. The rest of the museum held many and varied displays of interest, though a 'political map' was lacking as a description of how tribal dispersal and shifting loyalties shaped the development of Tairawhiti (greater East Cape region) before European settlement and since. The moving memorial to Maori Battalion Company C, in an adjoining building, raised so many questions about the origins, motivations and fates of the young men whose faces grace the walls. These stories deserve a wider telling.
Bridget O'Regan
Bridget O'Regan
03:48 23 Sep 19
We are not usually museum people but highly recommend a visit here. Excellent displays including the Maritime Museum (a big surprise for us)
Linda Thornton
Linda Thornton
04:33 15 Sep 19
A couple o e hits closed but otherwise much better on indigenous culture than in the past.
Hernán Vázquez
Hernán Vázquez
12:40 24 Aug 19
Nice to see part of Gizzy history! Will be good if they change the part of the art exhibition a little bit, the las few years it never changed
Wally Tukukino
Wally Tukukino
18:32 16 Aug 19
Outstanding facility on local artefacts, good stories on local information.
Kelly Gray
Kelly Gray
22:20 11 Jul 19
Was nice. Good place to learn about the history. Sadly some screens were turned off and some displays were down
nickynoo96 .
nickynoo96 .
06:51 10 Jul 19
We took our tamariki from Pohutakawa Kids Homebased Care to visit the museum and learn all about matariki. We did some different crafts, sung a song about matariki, and had a walk around the museum. It was tailored perfectly for the young minds and they really enjoyed it.
Amber Harding
Amber Harding
06:13 01 Jul 19
Beautiful local history. Great Artwork from local talent and the awesome boat for kids.
Melanion Hendra
Melanion Hendra
02:26 19 Jun 19
Great museum, with heaps of interesting exhibitions about the history of Tairāwhiti and it's people
Dave Beard
Dave Beard
08:25 08 Jun 19
Nice cafe attached. Displays are very informative and user friendly. Small and intimate. Helpful staff.
Stephen Purkis
Stephen Purkis
03:13 01 May 19
Very worthwhile and some of the collections were great. However, falsely advertising "free" entry. Upon entering we found that the free entry is only for locals. Tourists needed to pay. Pretty poor form we thought.
Sarah L
Sarah L
06:02 23 Apr 19
Good museum with a nice amount of history and art - the collection of photographs and the lalique vases were the main high points for me. Worth the $5 entry for non locals.
Christina Scott
Christina Scott
04:16 18 Apr 19
Great local history. Loved the Star of Canada.
Martin Rust
Martin Rust
05:59 12 Apr 19
Absolute gem of a museum, well laid out and very interesting displays both historical and contemporary.
Marty Pilott
Marty Pilott
03:12 06 Apr 19
This is a very impressive museum. It is well curated with a quality art collection, a large part of an old ship to look inside, Maori history, and local history and artifacts. Strongly recommended!
Nicola Jan Smith
Nicola Jan Smith
16:14 03 Apr 19
This is a well-presented museum with many interesting exhibits. My daughter and I spent an informative time in the room dedicated to the suffragete movement in the area. There are long-term exhibitions with information about the different cultures in the area, our maritime history, the Maori Battalion and of course Wyllie Cottage, the first European house in the area. There was also a Flying Moas exhibit on and Jack Richardson's exhibit on decorative arts. I also have to mention the cafè - the food there is fantastic.
Ray Jensen
Ray Jensen
19:21 01 Mar 19
Warm, friendly staff. Good art exhibition. Good maritime exhibition.
Shane Auckram
Shane Auckram
06:19 17 Feb 19
Definitely a place to visit. All museums offer a touch of their home town. History is a great learning tool. It teaches respect for those who were born there.
Erin Pincock
Erin Pincock
04:04 23 Jan 19
Really enjoyed the art and always enjoy seeing the Star of Canada and Wylie Cottage(still get as excited as I did when I was a kid)
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
04:22 20 Jan 19
The Tairãhiti Museum is worth taking the time to absorb what is on show, many displayed items that are of great historical information. Don't miss the boat at the bottom of the stairs. The fit will enjoy climbing up to the top deck.
Lee-Ora Lusis
Lee-Ora Lusis
08:56 13 Jan 19
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. For a small museum it had alot to offer. Both from a gallery point of view as well as its local history. The C company exhibit (in a separate building) was excellent. Un fortunately we had arrived 15 mins before closing time...it is a wonderful memorial for those brave men. The Wyllie Cottage was also very interesting.
luke oldfield
luke oldfield
09:33 06 Jan 19
Excellent C company display (Maori batallion) adjoins the museum, which is free. Museum itself is a great place to visit, excellent and timely displays on the history of Aotearoa / NZ.Only major drag was an internal sliding door toward the back which screeched on opening, it just lowered the mood of the place, just remove the bloody thing!Otherwise, Ka pai.
Peter Cowley
Peter Cowley
04:52 06 Jan 19
I visited Wylie cottage and it was a fascinating glimpse of early Gisborne history. A video presentation and various informative displays kept me there for over an hour and it really needed another hour to do it justice.I will go back another time to see what i missed as there was so much i didn't know.
Evelyn Fickling
Evelyn Fickling
05:20 05 Jan 19
Interesting historical details of the area. Well presented.
Luca van Gorkom
Luca van Gorkom
05:37 16 Dec 18
Plenty of information and interesting things. Lots of hidden exhibits though, worth checking out, but hard to find down hidden passages. They need more signage! Also a pity they only open for 2.5 hours on sunday after 1:30. All other times they're open from 10 until 4.
Gaelene Burton
Gaelene Burton
00:39 13 Dec 18
A great museum loads of memories, very relaxing, and lovely food in the restaurant
Louise Sutherland
Louise Sutherland
02:23 25 Nov 18
Good art work and some of the historical things! Like the little house outside most of all!
Lisa Settle
Lisa Settle
06:28 08 Nov 18
Larger than I thought. The mock-up of the ship stern was incredible! Many other Maori exhibits we're well done and beautiful. Definitely takes a few hours, at least.
Michelle A
Michelle A
00:52 02 Nov 18
Fabulous museum and art gallery. Free for residents and $5 for visitors. Changing exhibitions and greatocal historical items. Loved the inclusion of local artists mad ideas. A must see if visiting Gisborne.
Karrie Roberts
Karrie Roberts
02:16 09 Oct 18
Outstanding! Nice local touch. Very reasonable price.
Glennis Rickard
Glennis Rickard
13:42 05 Oct 18
Wonderful place staff so helpful and pleasant 😀
Jason Borell
Jason Borell
01:16 27 Sep 18
A great place to visit & see the many who sacrificed their lives for king & country..
Noeline Proffit
Noeline Proffit
02:49 20 Sep 18
Amazing asset for Gisborne. Fabulous exhibitions. Great customer care. Many thanks to all concerned
Daniel Diack
Daniel Diack
16:03 16 Jul 18
Great little museum with a few great surprises.....loved the surfing tribute ...steam boat ....and lots of Maori history ....great afternoon with the kids
Peter Harris
Peter Harris
18:57 03 Jul 18
Small but good. Nice Gallery and shop attached.
John Skinner
John Skinner
00:33 05 Jun 18
Very well laid out museum. No lack of information
Helen Costello
Helen Costello
01:56 03 May 18
Fascinating exhibitions. Well run children's school holiday workshops
Charlotte Lemay
Charlotte Lemay
08:33 28 Apr 18
Bigger museum than I expected. You get a lot for your money (5$ for visitor).There is a good exposition about the Maori story, one about Da Vinci, some modern art and a boat.Well located, beautiful view of the river.
Clarke Redshaw
Clarke Redshaw
20:22 23 Apr 18
Much better than you may expect from a 'smaller' museum. Excellent content and the Da Vinci section is a must see
Karen Cheer
Karen Cheer
08:34 27 Mar 18
An excellent place to learn about the area. Well presented displays. Loved that the daVinci exhibit was there too
Brandon Terekia
Brandon Terekia
16:41 23 Mar 18
great little museum with awesome exhibitions on the regular.
Survey Gisborne Limited
Survey Gisborne Limited
08:18 17 Mar 18
A must place to visit and spend time. Nice cafe too.
Renee Miller
Renee Miller
21:56 14 Mar 18
Nice museum about the region. Definitely a good dose of culture for an afternoon in Gisborne.
Winston Seah
Winston Seah
10:04 04 Feb 18
On the whole it's ok but historical showcase was rather shallow instead beautiful art & craft were displayed for sale.
Paul Kaua
Paul Kaua
03:09 25 Jan 18
Pleasing visit and excellent customer service particularly by Mrs Taipana who was fantastic when relating to the history of the area
  •   Hours of browsing and wondering. Free to locals. Great cafe / small souvenir shopping for overseas visitors too

    thumb KapitiTraveller
    6/03/2018

      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
    12/26/2018

      This place was recommended by family who live locally. Really glad we took the time to have a look at it. Covers the history of the local area including the... read more

    thumb fremantlewa
    7/02/2018
  •   The entry is $5 and the knowledge you get is limitless. And I felt it was fun time wandering around knowing new things. Not like some other museum. Must go.

    AbhishekS3902
    8/29/2019

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

    thumb cliftonpcra
    3/22/2018

      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
  •   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

    thumb neil1342014
    1/05/2018

      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

      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
  •   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

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

    thumb HeatherH3808
    3/01/2019

      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

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