MTG Hawke's Bay

MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier: Hours, Address, MTG Hawke's Bay Reviews: 4/5

MTG Hawke's Bay
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Eisie
21 contributions
Perfect small museum
Nov 2020
Excellently presented exhibitions. Lots of variety in the different galleries. Three floors, and free entry. Nice gift shop.
Written November 18, 2020
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DiB5
Hamilton, New Zealand105 contributions
Earthquake information the highlight
Sep 2020
Interesting exhibit on the earthquake. The personal stories from the survivors in video format was fascinating.
Written September 6, 2020
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Margaret G
32 contributions
The highlight was the earthquake exhibition
Sep 2020
We really enjoyed this museum. The exhibit on the earthquake was the highlight for us because we are familiar with the more general history exhibits. The film, which consisted of a series of interviews with people who had experienced the earthquake and its aftermath was particularly interesting. We don't usually take the time to watch such things, but on this occasion it was so interesting we stayed for almost all of it.
Written September 5, 2020
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Barbara B
5 contributions
Must visit place in Napier
Jul 2020
I have been there 4 times over the years and love this place. The basement exhibition on the devastating earthquake is essential viewing.
Written July 5, 2020
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Joakkin
Tauranga, New Zealand66 contributions
A great mix of arts
Jul 2019
I really liked this place. The museum was informative about Maori culture, the 1931 earthquake and some cool paintings and sculptures from local artists. Right at the heart of Napier, and for free.
Written June 14, 2020
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Kathy
573 contributions
Outstanding and Free!
Feb 2020
Yet another outstanding museum/art gallery with FREE admission! What a treasure. We were especially impressed with the Maori collection and the audiovisual displays of the 1931 earthquake.
Written April 23, 2020
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Joe E
Virginia Beach, VA186 contributions
Exceptional Museum & Gallery
Mar 2020
Visited this museum on recommendation that it had a good story about the earthquake that devastated Napier in 1931. We found the display with video and static pictures, as well as the physical displays told dramatic and impressive stories of the earthquake and its aftermath. The images and audio were captivating.
Written April 11, 2020
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Kerry Morison
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
A great place to visit
Apr 2019
This is a little museum but give you a look at Napier history it might be a smaller museum but well lay out a must see when in Napier.
Written March 1, 2020
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Stewarts Vacation
308 contributions
Must-see museum!
Feb 2020
This museum houses impressive exhibits! We last visited 2 years ago, so many of the displays were different. Again, they were interesting, informative and very well laid out. There is a large gift shop at the entrance with a wide selection of interesting items. Admission is free. Definitely worth a visit.
Written March 1, 2020
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TOM A
Chesapeake, VA727 contributions
Very informative
Feb 2020
Small but interesting museum and meeting center. Main floor right at a main corner in downtown across from the beach. The basement floor has great exhibit of the great Napier earthquake of 1931.
Written February 24, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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