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Tairawhiti Museum

10 Stout Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-867 3832
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Quirky museum on a river with cafe & views

Had a bit of time to kill waiting for a delayed plane spotted this place across river with a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Phil P
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Museum with a difference

The museum mentioned a gallery which is not my cup of tea. The reception lady advised that it was... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Malcolm A
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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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10 Stout Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
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+64 6-867 3832
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a bit of time to kill waiting for a delayed plane spotted this place across river with a interesting profile(see photo). Had a cafe and several entrances into a number of spaces Maori waharoa, Wylie cottage oldest house in town and main newer entrance....More

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

The museum mentioned a gallery which is not my cup of tea. The reception lady advised that it was a multitude of collections of different types of things. There was room after room of collections of items that were vastly different. What an eye opener....More

Thank Malcolm A
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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,...More

1  Thank nocatnow
Reviewed 28 March 2017

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)...More

Thank 0YW8BR0
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!

1  Thank 634Richardd634
TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

Reviewed 21 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!

Thank Robin_Laura
TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank RaeJC2015
TairawhitiMuseum, Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

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

1  Thank Sandra S
TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

Reviewed 13 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.

Thank SuzyRNewZealand
TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

Reviewed 17 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.

Thank Rob H
TairawhitiMuseum, General Manager at Tairawhiti Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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

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annettetopping
Hi, I have a old brown bottle. Delux, Gisborne. Would you like this, otherwise will give to Local op shop. Annette
14 May 2016|
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Response from BigZed52 | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to ask the museum staff about that.
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