• Recent Reviews

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
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!
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
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
  •   Don't be put of by the outside. This museum and gallery is amazing. Only $5 for an adult. The art work is for sale and not overly expensive. Lovely cafe inside as well.

    thumb Elle_knz
    1/17/2018

      The permanent exhibition was quite interesting, but a bit convoluted and with far too much required to be read. The marine exhibition downstairs was very good. The "art" was awful and best left unsaid! The B Company gallery next door is very evocative and moving,...More

    thumb Rick M
    6/24/2019

      A surprisingly large museum, with lots of diverse exhibits many of which change regularly. For example, when we visited there was a fascinating display of Maori basket weavings. I also really liked the Decorative Arts Gallery. But best of all was the "Star of Canada,"...More

    thumb Marla H
    1/26/2018
  •   Loved the C Company exhibition, which is in a separate building just outside the museum entrance. This is a moving exhibit depicting the young Māori men from the region who have fought/died with the NZ Armed forces. The museum is great, and very specific to...More

    thumb AdrienneHannan
    12/21/2017

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

    thumb cliftonpcra
    3/22/2018

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

    thumb suekeith2016
    4/24/2018
  •   Spent a hour or so on Saturday morning after the farmers market wandering through the museum. Had really good local history, as well as some great local artists. Highlight for me was the Star of Canada ship that stands proudly over the waters edge. You...More

    thumb KeithB3196
    1/14/2019

      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 there is too much to touch while I'm trying to relax with a coffee. Customer...More

    thumb 232annettet
    2/02/2018

      Not keen on the artistic stuff as I find the descriptions of why they do what they do precious and pretentious. You either like it it not. But the artifacts and history of the people and places tell you something about where you are and...More

    thumb Mike T
    1/19/2018
  •   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 exhibition telling the history of the Maori’s who enlisted in the army and fought in...More

    thumb neil1342014
    1/05/2018

      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
    4/02/2019

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

    thumb HeatherH3808
    3/01/2019

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