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MTG Hawke's Bay

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Address: Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-835 7781
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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MTG Hawke's Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural...

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 masterpiece, a modernist gem and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawke Bay.

MTG Hawke's Bay is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions and a world-class research facility. The MTG Theatre hosts a lively programme of film and performing arts.

MTG Hawke's Bay uses its collection to tell the stories of New Zealand with assurance and style. This is the place to get a fresh perspective on the stories you know including the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Here too the art that adorns our walls and the objects that fill our homes come together alongside precious photographs and documents to creatively illustrate the life stories of successive generations of New Zealanders.

Visit our fabulous little shop selling a range of MTG publications and merchandise inspired by the magic of the Museum collections.

MTG Hawke's Bay welcomes visitors from all over the world to share in the complex and fascinating history of New Zealand through the lens of a distinct and characterful region.

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Enjoyable and informative historical museum

This museum has a very good exhibition on the earthquake that struck Napier in the early 1900's, devastating the town. The other exhibits and information provided in relation to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a very good exhibition on the earthquake that struck Napier in the early 1900's, devastating the town. The other exhibits and information provided in relation to the history of the Hawke's Bay Region is also fascinating and makes you appreciate the area

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Hobart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to get a full picture of the history and development of the area, so much to see and all very well displayed.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was really impressed with this place. I had been previously to the Napier prison and got charged 20 dollars for not very much. This place, I felt was the complete opposite. There were 4-5 small exhibitions that were just about the right size. I particularly enjoyed the paintings. The exhibition about the earthquake in 1931 could have had a... More 

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Tauranga
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I visited the museum, gallery and threatre (MTG) to see what a provincial museum/gallery contained. Only 60% of the area was for public displays and the other 40% contained 20+ staff working in non public roles.I doubt that the ratepayers of Napier can afford the luxury of a museum dispalying a fraction of their artifacts. The earthquake exhibit was good,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A mix of museum and art gallery (plus a Theatre in the complex) we found the best bits were the earthquake history on the lower floor - very informative and short term Indian exhibition which showed their artistic talent well. Nice to see Art all arranged in one room - took no time to see it all. Usual quirky pieces... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

A small museum in Napier town. Very clean, quite and good organized. The art gallery is very attactive. Good to go.

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Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

All (!) the senses are aroused in the rich and varied exhibitions here, currently ranging from contemporary sculptures by local artists to sumptuous accessories that belonged to the Indian aristocracy, all of which have been thoughtfully put together to enlighten, amuse, and provoke a range of emotions. I felt I'd travelled through time as well as various countries and cultures.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum in quaint little town. The moari and contemporary art exhibitions were brilliant. A great rainy day activity whilst in Napier.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

The displays were thoughtful, and well executed. The high quality of the material and its presentation were exemplary. Overall tho, it fell a bit short, a excellent sampler rather than a full account.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This colourful building is the combined Museum . Theatre and Gallery (MTG) for the area. There are three floors with lots to see reflecting the local culture. This includes the history of the 1931 earthquake and fire that destroyed the city and its role in World War I. There is a great Art Deco doll house as well. Nice gift... More 

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