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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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Well curated but limited

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank KeithsCoffee
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really didn't enjoy the museum at all, and very expensive to get into. I would not go back. But there were some areas in the museum that I would be able to understand some others liking, but it just didn't interest me.

Thank Michaeljhowey
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I enjoyed looking at the WW1 exhibit and the Maori collection. The highlight for me was the exhibit about the 1931 Napier earthquake and viewing the Survivor Stories movie (on constant loop--35 minutes)

Thank Julie S
Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A nice little stop. Good exhibit on earthquake and while we were there an interesting feature on Lalique. A nice little museum which is very well laid out and spacious

1 Thank ruffwood1
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The Museum was well organised and perfect for adults and kids alike.The Survivor Stories and exhibits from the earthquake were very powerful and thought provoking. Our daughters loved doing the treasure hunt and also making the poppies out of felt. A great place to visit with the family for an hour after a yummy brunch down the road.

1 Thank vicki_lee_burns
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Art Gallery has modern and history of the town, and the earthquake. it also has modern exhibitions as well. $10 entry

1 Thank 508chaneller
Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We visited only long enough to watch the film with the reminiscences of those who were yiung at the time of the quake and to see the exhibition that goes with it. There is much more to see but what we saw was really good and well worth seeing

1 Thank Totti M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A sleek, modern space with a huge variety of exhibits. Worth a walk around and if you have the courage - go and see the Napier Earthquake room downstairs. Very moving. We agreed that the earthquake room and the lalique video of glass-making were tops. I am also a huge fan of Petrus van der Velden, so that was awesome!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

An excellently presented museum that beautifully tells the stories of its region. Just the right amount of information is provided - i.e. you are not overloaded with text but you get a clear sense of the key events being discussed. I loved how they relied heavily on visuals (photos, objects etc) to convey information, as engaging museums do. The exhibits... More 

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