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Tairawhiti Museum

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Address: 10 Stout Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
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+64 6-867 3832

Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most...

Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. Our vision is to be an integral part of the Tairawhiti community and to stimulate passion for the stories of our region. Entry is $2 for local residents and $5 for visitors. Children 12 years and under are free. Entry is free for locals every Monday, or join the Friends of the Museum and visit for free anytime. The Exhibit Cafe is open for lunches, brunches, morning and afternoon teas. A wide menu is available and changes with the seasons. The cafe is open from 10am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays. The Tairawhiti Museum shop stocks a high-quality range of gifts. We pride ourselves on supporting local artists and makers.

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A magnificent gem in Gisborne

An excellent local museum, very informative exhibition of the local Maori tribe - Rongowhakaata. Beautiful display of glassware and the special surprise the front half of a boat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Sandra S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent local museum, very informative exhibition of the local Maori tribe - Rongowhakaata. Beautiful display of glassware and the special surprise the front half of a boat, captains cabin. Beautiful location by the river

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great viewing of treasures belonging to our Iwi tells our story with pictures and artefacts. The exhibition of art work fro Professor Jack Richards is amazing even includes Ming dynasty china.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

an excellent exhibition of local tribe Rongowhakaata. for anyone belonging to that tribe it is a must see. Very informative for those interested in the local history. Tribute to the 28th Maori Battalion very moving.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Well worthwhile visit whilst in Gizzy. Great section of Maori artifacts. However, the best by far is the Captain's cabin. Brilliantly done and really appeals to the young person in all us

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

A good local Museum with a lot of Maori's exhibits, such as sculptures, statues, carvings, etc, but also a special room for rare and old collections of Gisborne's town photos, very unique collections. At certain times a special gallery or exhibition is performed with specific themes. At the annex building, a special room dedicated to the Maori Battalion, memories from... More 

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Iloilo City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I had a good time. It was enlightening. You could emerge yourself the the New Zealand culture and traditions. Lovely displays.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We were staying overnight in Gisborne (Air bnb) in November 2016, and dropped into the Tairawhiti Museum, as it was in the same street as our accommodation. It's a fabulous space - much local history, as well as a good little gift shop and café. Lovely deck overlooking green space and fringed with tree ferns.

Thank Robyn H
Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This museum is the right size for a holiday visit. neither too big or too small. The staff were helpful and the latest exhibition on Maori culture wasvery good. Had the privilage of attending the opening ceremony as a guest on Saturday.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed spending a couple of hours in the museum. Its jam packed with all sorts of things that will interest everyone, from history to culture to surfing, art and even an old converted ship to explore. Great value at $5. Nice cafe too.

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Te Awanga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I wasn't expecting much from a small town museum, but Tairawhiti Museum shines. Well configured modern building, artefacts well displayed, an eclectic mix of Maori and European pieces, including some lovely glassware. Next door is the C Company memorial house, which is a moving tribute to Tangata Whenua soldiers from Tairawhiti who went off to fight someone else's war. The... More 

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