Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
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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

  Ad Astra - Reach For The Stars

   6 May 2016 – 10 July 2016


                                   Sagittarius (side 2) - Jean Loomis

Human fascination with the stars spans thousands of years and many civilizations. The Northern Hemisphere seasons and mythology provided the inspiration for images and the naming of constellations. Māori and Pacific cosmology provided tools for navigation and the timing for seasonal planting and fishing. Now, as urban people the significance of a seasonal calendar has less impact on our lives.

We have all seen huge changes in the environment and destruction of animal habitat on land and ocean. Faced with the headlong rush for resources at all costs I believe we all need a vision and understanding of where we have come from and what kind of future are we passing on. We exist on a small blue globe, there is no planet B, we need to care for the gift we have been given - Planet Earth.

These artworks are printed on both sides of an aluminium sheet and are free standing. I have used historic/mythical images on side one and contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand images on side two. There is a limited edition of three copies of each object.

- Jean Loomis

      more exhibitions...


We want to hear your stories

Does your whānau have a gift or heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation? Does it have an interesting story? Now’s the time to share it, in our upcoming youth focussed exhibition Taonga Tuku Iho.

     read more....


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

Visit the museum for a copy or download here..Autumn March 2016 Click

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

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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

Entry - $5, 12yo and under free, locals and ratepayers $2

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


April School Holiday Events
Craft for kids

Concert Series 2016
Here are the dates for all the Sunday afternoon concerts for 2016.

Shakespeare at the museum
We have some Shakespeare on the way!
It'll be performed in the main gallery on Saturday 7 May there are two shows. Hamlet in the afternoon, and Ophelia in the evening.
Please share the Facebook event.


Sunday afternoon concert
Tairāwhiti Museum's Sunday afternoon concert series, sponsored by Professor Jack Richards, is back for 2016.

Check out our blog
Check out our blog for recent projects and insights.

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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.