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MTG Hawke's Bay

Address: Tai Ahuriri, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-835 7781
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Ranked #12 of 16 Attractions in Napier
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The old museum was a great asset to Napier, it was informative and interesting. The new Museum is hardly a museum and more of an art gallery. Where has the earthquake display gone? Etry is too expensive and just not worth going

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A very well run Gallery and Museum with a bright modern look to it. The staff were helpfull and knowledgeable and kept the whole experience well worth going to. The short movie on Napiers Earthquake was well put together and allowed you to get a sense of just how devastating the horrific event was.

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Bangkok, Bang Kean, Thailand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

many locals are not happy with this new building and what is in it. google it. has museum, art gallery, century theatre. if one walks into the middle entrances, off the marine parade, or off Herchell str. then go to toilets, can then walk straight into the museum through the glass double doors on the hill side, north, of the... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I'm really hoping new management will make this place hum. The staff are great, there are some great aspects, but the package has been very disappointing. It just didn't fit my idea of a museum and I don't think it really explained the region well. Some of the exhibitions have been good, but they were in the old museum too

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a great space, down by the waterfront. When we visited we saw an exhibition on the 1931 earthquake, a collection of local Maori taonga, and a display of Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivans frocks, so pretty random but all well presented with plenty of interactive stuff along the way. The reception staff member was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Easily worth the... More

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Canberra, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I only had a short time at the MTG Hawkes Bay, so opted to see the exhibition of Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan's clothing. I enjoyed this exhibition: the clothing was well-displayed and well-lit, so the details could be clearly seen. Many of the designs were screen-printed or block-printed, and were leaders in the use of Maori motifs. Large backdrop photographs showed the... More

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Waitakere City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We stopped in Napier for the afternoon to check out the art deco, but the best architecture we saw was at the MTG! Fantastic renovation of three old buildings melded into one complex and retrofitted to be a top class art facility. Spent half a day there and ended up staying over in Napier because of it.

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I was expecting really interesting and educational exhibitions but was left feeling like something missed the mark. The building has had no expense spared but is a bit clumsy in the arrangement of galleries. I thought the Earthquake gallery was well done but only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what could have been shown. An art deco... More

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Gisborne, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Earthquake exhibition excellent and very moving but the rest was disappointing with not a lot else to see

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Vicenza, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is strange: an expensive new building without a soul. A missed opportunity to create a contemporary Decò, working on the city style heritage. A maori collection that's not up to any other Museum (unless they want to compare with Te Awamutu tiny one). Lot of space with no apparent use, collections with little interest... So why the "very good"... More

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