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

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Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori

About Us

The museum and art gallery has a reputation as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand.  In recent years we have undergone significant change including major building extensions, redevelopment of all exhibition spaces, and the establishment of a broadly representative Board of Trustees.

Our vision is to become an integral part of the community of the Tairawhiti through building strong and enduring relationships with community groups.  Our role extends beyond our own four walls to the most remote parts of the region. 


Vision - To stimulate passion for the stories of Te Tairawhiti.

Mission - Tairawhiti Museum is a gateway/waharoa and resource for the art, culture and heritage of our communities.

The following is a list of some of our more significant achievements in recent years;

  • Completion of Te Moana maritime museum and refurbishment of historic buildings
  • Signing of C.Company agreement and construction of new C.Company gallery

  • Establishment of outreach Education Service
  • Development of new constitution and Board of Trustees
  • Tourism surveys finding the museum the most popular tourist attraction in the region
  • Winning the inaugural Supreme Tourism Award

  • Rebranding and renaming of the organization

  • Hosting very successful Maori cultural festivals
  • Hosting of Prime Minister Helen Clark
  • Hosting of Prime Minister John Key

Hours - Open 7 Days.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

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

Closed - Easter Friday and 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


Visitors Remarks

"Best museum I've been to, good service."

"Ka rawe!

"Cést de la balle"

"Great surprise! Wish I had more time"

"A superb museum, which we look forward to returning to

"Very moving, could feel the wairua of our warriors that died for our tomorrow!"

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