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MTG Hawke's Bay

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A sobering earthquake exhibit

We stopped in here on a recommendation for the earthquake exhibit. The theatre had three survivors... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland, New Zealand
MTG Napier

Took some school children on a visit. Lots to see and do. Interactive displays. Loved the plastic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hastings, New Zealand
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MTG Hawke's Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural centre of this stylish city for over 150 years. MTG Hawke's Bay is a place where people, objects and ideas meet. MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character - an art deco...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here on a recommendation for the earthquake exhibit. The theatre had three survivors telling their story over about a 20-30 minute recorded short documentary and also a small 'museum' on the same level. Just off Marine Parade and well worth the visit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 917simond
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. The earthquake installation, in the basement is fantastic. The videos with town folk from the disaster, was quite moving. Lovely place and its FREE which is always a bonus on your holidays :)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sydney2002
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were time poor and just did the downstairs display about the earthquake. Very interesting and helped us understand the enormity of the quake and the devastation of the town

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jenwal23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took some school children on a visit. Lots to see and do. Interactive displays. Loved the plastic bottle exhibit. Sad that it was not built bigger ( more stories) as so many displays in storage on and off site

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really well set out, small museum with enough variety of exhibits to hold your interest and it is FREE. I found the 1931 earthquake exhibition particularly interesting, especially the interview with a lady who was seven at the time and had just walked into...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

Right in the heart of the city and on the beachfront. Easy access and parking. Several themes, all interesting. Good presentation on 1931 earthquake. We dpent an hour, but could have been in longer (closing time!)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank William C
Reviewed 13 December 2018

There is something for everyone here. The exhibits were varied and extremely interesting. The earthquake story was moving and showcased the strength and character of this community in the 1930s. J A Louis Hay was an amazing architect who's Art Deco influence and talent can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank leebondy
Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

I really liked this museum as it was different. The Napier earthquake exhibit was excellent and featured a film of people interviewed who experienced the earthquake, it was very moving. The was also a gallery dedicated to Maori culture plus an exhibit dedicated to Nyree...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank swannythemoose
Reviewed 26 November 2018

The galleries and exhibits at this museum are great, and I especially was impressed with the friendly and courteous help I received from one of the front desk staff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ED44SF
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Don't expect too much as it is not huge. This is the place to find out about the 1931 earthquake; although I wish they had 'before and after' maps so you can see what happened to the area. Also the current exhibitions on the upper...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mythaluk
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