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

Poverty Bay - taonga maori



E ngā mana e ngā reo o te ao, tenei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa me te karanga anō hoki kia anga mai koutou ki tēnei matapihi e whakaatuhia ai ngā tini āhuatanga e pā ana ki tēnei whare taonga, arā, ko te whare taonga o te Tairāwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā.

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 Tairāwhiti 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

 Wm. F. Crawford


 27 November 2015 - 3 April 2016

 Opening 5:30pm - Friday 27th November

 Self Portrait - William F. Crawford

William Fitzgerald Crawford came to Gisborne in 1874 to brew. He was so successful that he established and built his own brewery. He acquired the Albion Hotel, became the first Mayor of Gisborne, was the fire Superintendent and set up a store on Gladstone Road.

Crawford is best remembered for his photography. For forty years, he lugged his camera and heavy tripod over hills, through valleys, on sea-going vessels and horse-drawn transport to capture the activities of the Gisborne-East Coast region as it developed.

Over 5000 of Crawford’s photos have survived and the negatives are in the care of the museum. December 2015 will mark 100 years since Crawford's death and the museum is taking the opportunity to display some of the images from the collection. 


      more exhibitions...



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 Exhibitions online

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

Check them out.....


The Times they are a changin'

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Not Just Black & White

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Dresses for Special Occasions

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Hours - Open 7 Days.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

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

Closed - Easter Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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
Fax: (06) 867 2728          

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Gisborne Photo News online
You can search the Gisborne Photo News online

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.