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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 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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The building is amazing and some of the displays are worth a look but the overall collection seems very small and not worth the entry fee, even at the newly reduced rate. You... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Napier, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A modern and upbeat museum telling stories. Loved the Dick Frizzell exhibition, and the earthquake memoirs. Well worth a visit.Thanks guys

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Excellent history of the Napier earthquake - including a brilliant set of filmed interviews of witnesses who were children at the time. Overall the art gallery and museum are a must for visitors to Napier. Staff were very friendly and informative.

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Napier, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The building is amazing and some of the displays are worth a look but the overall collection seems very small and not worth the entry fee, even at the newly reduced rate. You could get round it in half an hour if you didn't stop to read every sign. Very little interactive stuff and I didn't learn much. Sorry I... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Very interesting to see the history of Napier and the Quake. We went on Anzac day and there was an interesting display marking the day and really enjoyed the art gallery also!

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Broadbeach Waters
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We only had about one hour to spare and we used that hour very efficiently by visiting MTG Hawke's Bay. We made it just in time to watch a DVD on the recollections of people who had lived through the 1931 earthquake/fire disaster, as young children. Their stories were brilliantly portrayed and very emotional. The basement display of the disaster... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Since it was anzac day it was free entry, so we all went after the parade and it was very good I must say. A combination of art- Dick Frizzell who I love and interesting facts. The kids made poppies. very impressed.

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Napier, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A lot of bad publicity under the old curator but now has a new one and she has made a huge improvement. There are now more Maori and local content which had been lacking. Maybe more on the history of Hawkes Bay is needed but the 1931 earthquake exhibit is a good one. $10 entry is fine for visitors I... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The affordable price and friendly staff are a bonus of this wee gem. We visited with a 5 and 9 year old on Sunday. We had a look at 'Artist’s Proof' which featured Dick Frizzell works, a total surprise and highlight of the visit for me. It is on from 28 March – 23 August 2015. There were a fabulous... More 

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Dorset, UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I enjoyed this museum despite some galleries being closed for a change of exhibition. The three staff on duty (Easter Sunday) were outstanding, very knowledgable, extremely helpful and a real credit to the museum. The earthquake survivors film was very moving.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were lucky enough to be staying at The County Hotel, which is located directly opposite the MTG. We were given complimentary tickets to enter and it was well worth the visit. The building itself is stunning and quite modern. Well worth a visit.

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