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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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Quite well laid out - but no depth

Found this museum a bit over-priced ($7.50 for seniors) for what was there. Apart from the interesting display of relics/pics/etc of the Napier earthquake, the other displays... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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New Zealand
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Found this museum a bit over-priced ($7.50 for seniors) for what was there. Apart from the interesting display of relics/pics/etc of the Napier earthquake, the other displays (mere's, paintings, embroidery) did not do a lot for us. I may be wrong but it seems that the MTG is trying to pay for a brand new/restored building. Other museuems around N.Z.... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very good staff, infomative, helpful and friendly. Beautiful building, earhquake exhibition interesting but we thought for a building of that size there wasn't a lot of different exhibits, lots of empty spaces where there could have been items of interest and we didn't come away with any sense of Napier's past apart from the earthquake .The survivors movie was powerful... More 

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Kensington, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had been recommended to view the MTG and probably approached it with too high expectations. We had hoped to get a good sense of Maori art and culture and found the exhibit somewhat disjointed and lacking in any continuity. As against appearing to be random exhibits collected and displayed. Unfortunately the Theater part of the experience was not available... More 

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Staff took time to explain a little about each exhibition currently on display and museum floor plan on purchasing tickets. Exhibitions were varied, 1930s Earthquake exhubition includes personal letters and photos taken at the time giving you an insight to social history, Travel in Style exhibition isn't just about fashion it's about the importance and impact Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan had as... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We went to the MTG over Art Deco week 2015, a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle, and gave wonderful views of the action at and nearby the Masonic Hotel including the vintage cars, the beach and the trolley racing, plus a great view of everyone parading in their period finery. The earthquake exhibit was great and set the... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you are interested in history, art, culture this is the place to visit. Fabulous new building, great stories told through the wonderful collection of Art and artifacts.

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Melbourne
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

After reading some of the reviews of others we had tempered our expectations but we found MTG's collections fascinating and at $10 entry excellent value. The earthquake film featuring survivors' stories an absolute highlight but we found plenty elsewhere of interest. Friendly staff and professionally presented.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We knew that this new/expanded museum had received some criticism and as museum nuts it was one of our first stops in Napier. And overall I must say it was a bit of a curates egg. The building itself was attractive but the new design did seem to me less than optimum with a lot of near empty space and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The MTG in the centre of Napier is a Modern looking structure that has been added onto a Deco building. Take the time to go through this compact attraction for past stories e.g. the 1931 earthquake and then for the up to date exhibitions which run throughout their calendar. An hour well spent. Highly recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This was worth it just to see the earthquake gallery alone. I learnt a lot and was able to take it in, in my own time. The rest of the museum was average. I liked the fact that you get a badge and you can come and go as much as you like all day. They also offered to look... More 

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