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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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

Reviewed 12 February 2017
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't care for this museum, that being said we did enjoy the earthquake section. Can't help but feel that it should be free for locals.....

Thank Aaron B
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learn about the great earthquake of 1931. The bottom floor of the museum contains memorabilia, photos and documents related to the earthquake of 1931. There is a 30 minute film that runs continuously detailing first hand accounts from survivors of the quake. Worth a visit!

Thank Sarah B
Napier, New Zealand
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276 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited a year or so ago, didn't think much but decided to give it another go. I wish we hadn't. The displays are limited. The Maori area tells mostly about who provided the object, but little about the story of the object. The limited information is difficult to read due to the lighting and clear style it uses. It... More 

Thank Rick M
Otaki Beach, New Zealand
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The earthquake displays are amazing and there are regularly changing exhibits as well. great for a few hours!

Thank 777Otaki
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646 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

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

Thank Baylovers
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

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.

Thank Tassie-ite
Stuttgart, Germany
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 January 2017

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 

Thank paward
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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 

Thank Jane P
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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.

Thank Mengyan M

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