Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori



E ngâ mana e ngâ reo o te ao, tenei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa me te karanga anô hoki kia anga mai koutou ki tçnei matapihi e whakaatuhia ai ngâ tini âhuatanga e pâ ana ki tçnei whare taonga, arâ, ko te whare taonga o te Tairâwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai râ.

Greetings to you, the many prestigious cultures of the world.
We invite you to glance through this portal which will allow you to witness the many activities undertaken by the Tairâwhiti Museum. Welcome to our web-site.
We are very excited about being able to showcase all that we have to offer local residents and visitors to the region. 

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New Exhibitions

Gisborne Artists' Society and Gisborne Potter's Exhibition

  2 June 2018 – 8 July 2018

Untitled by Derek Solomon

The annual Gisborne Artists’ and Potters exhibition is the one opportunity artists and potters collectively have to show the residents of Tairāwhiti what they have been have been creating over the previous year.

Both groups have their own Facebook pages, which to a certain extent keep the public in touch with what has been going on, but there is nothing like seeing the finished art works in a well curated exhibition.

Stars of the show this year will include Jamie Quirk and Peggy Ericson of the Gisborne Pottery Group, both artists produce highly original , thought provoking pieces.

It is always a pleasure to see Roger Shanks’ atmospheric landscapes, and to see what new approaches Graeme Nicoll is taking with his landscapes.
Janet Roderick has taken a break from oils and is becoming adept at using coloured pencils. Art society stalwart, Norman Maclean’s highly distinctive style and approach is always visually interesting and appealing to local art collectors.

The printmakers will be well represented too, look out for Ian McKelvey, a recent Molly Morpeth Award Winner and Amber Graham, an up-and-coming local artist who studies at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Artists enjoy producing art, but it is always gratifying when others view and appreciate the end product and even more gratifying when they decide to purchase a piece of original local art.

Chris Smith, President, Gisborne Artists’ Society


 ...more exhibitions....     



The latest issue of Tui Tui Tuituia, the museum newletter is available. 

Visit the museum for a copy or download here...JUNE_WINTER_2018_Web.pdf

Previous newsletters can be found  here......

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 Exhibitions online

Exhibitions previously on display at the Tairâwhiti Museum are now available for viewing on-line.

Check them out.....

The Times they are a changin'

click here...

Not Just Black & White

click here...

Dresses for Special Occasions

click here...



Hours - Open 7 Days.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Sunday and Public Holidays, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Closed - Easter Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Entry - $5, 12yo and under free. Free entry for local residents.

Contact Details

Physical Address:
Tairawhiti Museum
Kelvin Rise
10 Stout Street
Gisborne 4010.

Postal Address:
Tairawhiti Museum
Po Box 716
Gisborne 4040.

Phone: (06) 867 3832


Sunday Concert Series
Sunday Concert Series

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Gisborne Photo News online
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Books on line
Reading material is now available from the website!


Available now, only $40 from the museum or order from the  shop.


A Splendid Isolation

A Splendid Isolation
Available now from the museum or order from the shop.