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East Coast Museum of Technology

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Address: 67 Main Road | Makaraka, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The East Coast Museum of Technology displays and demonstrates historic...

The East Coast Museum of Technology displays and demonstrates historic artifacts from the Gisborne District. We showcase technology and its development relevant to Gisborne and the surrounding area. ECMoT has a varied collection of items that will suit a range of interests. There's always something new to discover.

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Sheds & sheds of old collectibles

We were welcomed by a very friendly volunteer. After paying a meagre $5 admission he pointed out the types of exhibits in each of a number of sheds, on the floor plan map he gave... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Malcolm A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were welcomed by a very friendly volunteer. After paying a meagre $5 admission he pointed out the types of exhibits in each of a number of sheds, on the floor plan map he gave us. There was a mass of items packed onto each " themed:" shed. Some items were labelled. Much was unrestored and possibly will never be.... More 

Thank Malcolm A
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love takign my son here when we visit gisborne and we try to visit each time we come. Its a fun interactive museum and i especialy enjoy the boat, you can go in it and look in all the rooms i really love it.

Thank adriennebriggs
Peter M, Public Relations Manager at East Coast Museum of Technology, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. However i think you may have mistaken us for Tairawhiti Museum in town as they have the Star of Canada exhibit. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

$5 per adult. Amazing collections. One of the things you must do in Gisborne. Collections of radio, computers, fire trucks, farming gear, sewing machines, kitchen appliances, .... so much to see. An incredible collection of New Zealand history. This is run by volunteers who are doing the best they can to setup and maintain this collection. Very enjoyable outing.

Thank kaweraukid
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The people who work here are volunteers and they are there, because they like history and being around old things, and trying to make them breathe again. You will get to see different kind of old stuff, starting from oldest washing and sewing machines to fire trucks and mopeds. You might even experience old mower working again. The price is... More 

Thank LoveNZ2017
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

this is cheap as chips, at only $5 adult, $2 child and a good place to go if you have an hour or so spare. The collection is massive, with a whole range of items. The kitchen and household section is the only area where the items are presented well and is really interesting. Unfortunately, it's hard to pick out... More 

Thank carriem41743
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The size of this collection has to be seen to be believed. There are cars, lorries, farm vehicles, household items and all manner of small and large pieces of equipment and technology. There is so much and it's a shame to see vehicles in the open rusting and rotting away. There are some classic vehicles here that if sold in... More 

Thank Janine B
1 review
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Exelent three hours looking at piles of what looked like scrape metal. Under all the piles were an array of items that I must admit I could recognise from my childhood. Good luck to volunteers sorting out all the items that need saveing. Please keep collecting because it is important that we do keep items from the past and not... More 

Thank Martin S
Hawera, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

My partner and I were at a loss of what to do this afternoon. We have been to Gisborne a lot in the past so have done most things. Found this museum. It was really cheap. Which is a massive bonus. It's also super relevant to my interests. A lot of mechanical things. From all areas. So if you like... More 

Thank SilicoJack
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Not for everyone, this museum is either an unmined gem of amazing old machinery or a large scrapyard in disguise. It all depends on your perspective. It had an amazing collection of tools, cars, trucks, household appliances, old computers (including an Atari playstation) and even an electron microscope! But little is properly displayed; most everything is sitting in a heap... More 

Thank Oskar_Baxter
Gisborne Region, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 2 November 2016

..Then you are in for a treat. This place is awesome. My 16-year-old is at ECMOT every weekend. If it can dreag a teen off the internet it's gt to be good. You can find something new every visit. This is one of the best things to do in Gisborne, whatever the weather.

Thank Louise S

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