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MTG Hawke's Bay

Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 7781
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Nice Free Museum

Really enjoyed the earthquake exhibit. For free a definite must see experience. Short survivor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cliff K
Fountain Hills, Arizona
via mobile
Excellent free museum and gallery in Napier

An extensive and free exhibit on the 1931 Napier earthquake in a handsome gallery and museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 7781
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the earthquake exhibit. For free a definite must see experience. Short survivor movie were interesting.

Thank Cliff K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extensive and free exhibit on the 1931 Napier earthquake in a handsome gallery and museum downtown.

Thank simcha
Reviewed 9 November 2017

we went specifically to the Museum to see the 1931 Earthquake and Tea Time exhibitions. these were great - thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A good Museum, easy access and close to everything else. Well worth popping in for an hour or two.

Thank medievalscot
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

There was more to see than I expected! I spent quite a time here and really enjoyed. There was even live piano music, fantastic coincidence. It really made art come to life. But I would have hoped that the staff would tell a bit more...More

Thank susanjusan
Reviewed 2 November 2017

I have been a few times on group trips, and each time although the earthquake exhibit is good, I found a lot of the exhibits were not for me. This is because majority of them were things that as a New Zealander, and especially as...More

Thank rebecca h
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This museum, gallery and theatre space is free to visit. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The standout for us was the excellent exhibition on the 1931 earthquake and fire that destroyed Napier. Very well done with great use of quotes from survivors. A highlight,...More

Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 22 October 2017

While in Napier we visited the MTG it is modern and bright I found the earthquake floor very interesting .

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We had been wanting to have a look at the MTG for months but weren't keen on paying $10pp. Recently entry has become free so we popped in for a look. Exhibits and small and have very limited information on the items and are more...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Have been wanting to go for quite some time but the entry price had put us off. Went today and it was worth what we paid...which was nothing. Other than the earthquake room the rest was pretty blah to be honest. As say the earthquake...More

Thank Karlosdajackel
Reviewed 10 October 2017

MTG is in downtown Napier near the Marine Parade seaside walk and gardens. It's a modern building that combines a museum, art and photography exhibit space, and a small theatre. It's free too. I found the museum exhibit on the lower level devoted to the...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
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