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Tairawhiti Museum

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Address: 10 Stout Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
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+64 6-867 3832
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Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most...

Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. Our vision is to be an integral part of the Tairawhiti community and to stimulate passion for the stories of our region. Entry is $2 for local residents and $5 for visitors. Children 12 years and under are free. Entry is free for locals every Monday, or join the Friends of the Museum and visit for free anytime. The Exhibit Cafe is open for lunches, brunches, morning and afternoon teas. A wide menu is available and changes with the seasons. The cafe is open from 10am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays. The Tairawhiti Museum shop stocks a high-quality range of gifts. We pride ourselves on supporting local artists and makers.

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A great taste of local history

Our cruise ship had problems getting us ashore at Gisborne and we were in a non-positive (foul?) mood after waiting more than one hour for a tender boat. Determined to make the... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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682 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our cruise ship had problems getting us ashore at Gisborne and we were in a non-positive (foul?) mood after waiting more than one hour for a tender boat. Determined to make the most of the little time that remained for us to explore the town, we headed straight for the museum, which was clearly marked on a map. There were... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building structure will quietly beckon you with open arms... the folding glass doors gently pushed back enough to embrace you with the love of all the Papa's who proudly show their 'mana' and 'presence' graced on these hallowed walls. The beautiful Koka (elderly woman) I met on my visit was very approachable as we ended up having a long... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Don't miss this museum, and allow plenty of time for it; it is superb. Maori art and carvings, changing exhibitions, top class pottery and glassware (Emil Galle and Rene Lalique, no less!). Fascinating!

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TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review the museum and for your fantastic feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Best, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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228 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Thinking that this museum can be visited in only half an hour is a mistake, the impressive collection of the Tairawhiti Museum will set you back hours. We loved every second of it!

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TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a tripadvisor review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit - Happy travels! Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Gisborne, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A great way to spend a good hour with a friend who had never visited Gisborne before. I love the Star of Canada display, it really feels like you are on that ship. The cultural local Maori stories and singing are emotional too as is the War exhibits.Then she treated me to a snack in the cafe where we sat... More 

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TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review on tripadvisor. Great to hear you and your friend enjoyed your visit to the museum. Best, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

An excellent local museum, very informative exhibition of the local Maori tribe - Rongowhakaata. Beautiful display of glassware and the special surprise the front half of a boat, captains cabin. Beautiful location by the river

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TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition, decorative arts and Star of Canada. Best wishes, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Gisborne, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great viewing of treasures belonging to our Iwi tells our story with pictures and artefacts. The exhibition of art work fro Professor Jack Richards is amazing even includes Ming dynasty china.

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TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Tairawhiti Museum, glad to hear you enjoyed the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition and the Jack Richards Gallery. Best wishes, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

an excellent exhibition of local tribe Rongowhakaata. for anyone belonging to that tribe it is a must see. Very informative for those interested in the local history. Tribute to the 28th Maori Battalion very moving.

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TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and taking the time to post a review. Best wishes, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Well worthwhile visit whilst in Gizzy. Great section of Maori artifacts. However, the best by far is the Captain's cabin. Brilliantly done and really appeals to the young person in all us

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TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for posting a review to tripadvisor, I hope you enjoyed your visit to Gisborne, glad to hear you enjoyed the Star of Canada too. Best wishes, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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716 reviews
449 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

A good local Museum with a lot of Maori's exhibits, such as sculptures, statues, carvings, etc, but also a special room for rare and old collections of Gisborne's town photos, very unique collections. At certain times a special gallery or exhibition is performed with specific themes. At the annex building, a special room dedicated to the Maori Battalion, memories from... More 

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TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for taking time to post a review of Tairawhiti Museum. If there is anything we could have done to improve your experience please do let us know. Best wishes, Eloise Wallace, Director More 

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