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Kia ora whanau. We are excited to confirm a move to Alert Level 2 means we can re-open our doors and welcome you back!

Your health and wellbeing continues to be our top priority so we have put many new protocols in place to protect you and ensure your visit to the museum is a safe, enjoyable experience.

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines on social distancing and hygiene, which involves limiting the number of people in the building to no more than 100 at any one time, hand sanitising on arrival and recording of contact details.

Other precautions we are taking include:

- Controlled entry via our main entrance at 1 Tennyson Street
- Contact tracing register at our front counter
- Perspex screens at our counters
- Extra cleaning of surfaces throughout the museum
- Some interactive activities including dress-ups temporarily removed
- Drop-in Zone temporarily closed during Level 2
- Number of attendees at events managed as per government guidelines
- Exhibition installations managed with increased barriers to maintain physical distance
- Portable seating in public spaces removed
- Taped spots on floor leading up to the main counter for social distancing whilst waiting in line
- Eftpos payments rather than cash if possible
- Visitor maps to be taken home with you or disposed of after use
- The forecourt tables and chairs have been removed
- Pencils not to be returned after Museum Searches are completed, you are welcome to take these home with you
- We will not be running any public programmes other than those which people can do individually or online

Unfortunately, two of our exhibitions are not open during Level 2. Turuturu: Fingers, Feathers & Fibre will remain closed as we cannot guarantee enough space for appropriate physical distancing in our Linkway Gallery. Mystery of History will also remain closed, given the high level of interactive elements in that exhibition.

All other exhibitions are open to the public, and a brand new exhibition opens in June. Waka Kōrero Māori features the Māori alphabet and delightful animals from our collection. This exhibition is located in our Century Theatre foyer and you can visit it via our Herschell Street entrance.

Entry to all exhibitions is free. Enjoy your visit!

Virtual Museum Search

Enjoy our virtual museum search here by looking through our website and social media. Happy searching! 


Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay

Here's some useful information to make the most of your visit.

For more detailed information, view or download one of our Museum Visitor Guides - available in English, Māori, Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. These are also available from our front desk when you arrive.


Entry is free for the general public.
Groups, tours and schools are welcome, by prior arrangement. Please note a fee applies for commercial groups to visit.


The MTG is family friendly, and children under 15 years old should be accompanied by an adult. MTG Hawke’s Bay has a range of activities available for families, so please ask the Customer Service team when you visit about what activities are on offer for younger visitors. Pushchair access is available from the main museum entrance on the corner of Marine Parade and Tennyson Street and via the ramp by the Herschell Street entrance. Baby change facilities are located in the main foyer unisex bathrooms and also in the Century Theatre bathroom.

Cruise Ship Visitors

MTG hosts a range of Cruise ships visitors on pre-booked tours like the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition tour. Ask your on-board tours booking office for tours that include MTG Hawke’s Bay on their itineraries. Cruise ship visitors who are not on a pre-booked tour will find us an easy walk across the road from the Soundshell and Napier i-SITE where the transfer shuttles drop you off in the city. Come on over and visit the fabulous, free exhibitions on display.


Photography is allowed throughout the musuem, except for the Taonga Māori Gallery where no photos or filming is permitted. If you wish to seek copyright approval to photograph work for publication or personal use please contact us.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries, but is allowed in the main foyer, the outdoor forecourt and the Century Theatre foyer.

Bags and Coats

Back packs, large bags and coats can be stored at the main reception while you visit the MTG. Please ask the Customer Service team on arrival for assistance.

Free WiFi

Free Wi-Fi access is available inside the museum and library.

No Smoking

MTG Hawke’s Bay is a smoke free zone. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building, on the front forecourt and on the the Herschell Street deck.


Dogs are not admitted to MTG; however guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.

Security Cameras

Security cameras are operating. The Napier City Council CCTV Policy covering the footage captured is available on the Napier City Council website here.

Please contact the Customer Service team if you have any further queries or questions.

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