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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April 2018 School Holiday Programme

Check out what there is to do at the museum these holidays..click here..

New Exhibitions

Da Vinci Machines and Robotics

   11 March 2018 - 20 May 2018

   Opening 9 March 2018, 5:30pm 



This award-winning international touring exhibition invites visitors to delve into the mind of Renaissance artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci and showcases many of his iconic inventions.


On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, the hand-crafted exhibition brings together ingenious creations devised more than 500 years ago. Many of the pieces are interactive and the collection brings to life da Vinci’s most important and impressive world firsts including the bicycle, hang glider, the aerial screw (the precursor to the helicopter), the scuba suit, a mechanical lion and the incredible robot drummer.


The exhibition is suited to all ages and visitors will be able to touch and handle many of the models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work.

 ...more exhibitions....     



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

Visit the museum for a copy or download here...March 2018 Autumn Newsletter Click

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

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.