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Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are drawn primarily from the Hawke's Bay Museum's Trust collection. Permanent exhibits on the 1931 earthquake and the region’s stunning Taonga Māori artifacts are supported by changing exhibitions in other gallery spaces. The museum's Main Foyer also boasts an ever-changing canvas for murals, sculptures and more. Check out our current exhibitions below, and if you fancy taking a 'behind the scenes' tour, participating in a workshop or enjoying our series of free films, then you can find out more here

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December 2022

Free
Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

A visit to Marineland was always something special, a treat, an adventure - the first on the agenda when visiting family or holidaying in Hawke's Bay. This exhibition tells the story from beginning to end, from the fun times through to the controversy and the eventual closure. Marineland opened...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Friday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland


Free
Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple – We Were There is a powerful photography exhibition by Denise Baynham which tells the story of Operation Grapple through the portraits of 19 NZ nuclear test veterans and their stories. Operation Grapple was a nuclear testing program in the Pacific in 1957-58, which RNZ Navy...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 26 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Operation Grapple; We Were There


Free
Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai Atareta Rerekohu Black Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe, Tā Imi Moriori Atareta Rerekohu Black came to Te Matau a Maui to complete research for Ki Uta, Ki Tai. While she was here, she visited the Hawke’s Bay Museum Trust’s collection, getting up...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 23 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black


Free
Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition

Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition

Silver, valued for its rarity and attractive lustre, has for centuries been mined and formed into an extensive range of domestic, personal, religious, and ceremonial objects. Silver is one of the most versatile and singular precious metals: it is malleable and ductile and has a relatively low...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Waka kōrero Māori Exhibition

Waka kōrero Māori Exhibition

Waka kōrero Māori: waka carrying the taonga, te reo The Waka Kōrero Māori exhibition encourages learning the Māori alphabet by pronouncing the names of the kaharehe animal treasures on display. Bring your whanau to MTG – it’s free! Kō Waka Kōrero Māori hei whakaaturanga kia...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Saturday 24 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka kōrero Māori Exhibition


Free
1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition

“The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey At 10:47am on 3 February 1931, a devastating earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. In that moment it seemed the end of the world had...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Tuesday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

This exhibition shows a history of people and places of Ngāti Kahungunu, telling stories of their time and the events that shaped Te Matau-a-Māui into the region of Hawke’s Bay, events that also helped to shape Aotearoa into New Zealand. Kahungunu was a peaceful man, a producer, provider,...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


Free
Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Over several recent years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly. A vocabulary of colonisation. These remnants are scattered across mostly Te Ika-a-Māui North Island,...

Date: Saturday 10 December to Sunday 19 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary


January 2023

Free
Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

A visit to Marineland was always something special, a treat, an adventure - the first on the agenda when visiting family or holidaying in Hawke's Bay. This exhibition tells the story from beginning to end, from the fun times through to the controversy and the eventual closure. Marineland opened...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Friday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland


Free
Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple – We Were There is a powerful photography exhibition by Denise Baynham which tells the story of Operation Grapple through the portraits of 19 NZ nuclear test veterans and their stories. Operation Grapple was a nuclear testing program in the Pacific in 1957-58, which RNZ Navy...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 26 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Operation Grapple; We Were There


Free
Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Over several recent years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly. A vocabulary of colonisation. These remnants are scattered across mostly Te Ika-a-Māui North Island,...

Date: Saturday 10 December to Sunday 19 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary


Free
Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai Atareta Rerekohu Black Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe, Tā Imi Moriori Atareta Rerekohu Black came to Te Matau a Maui to complete research for Ki Uta, Ki Tai. While she was here, she visited the Hawke’s Bay Museum Trust’s collection, getting up...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 23 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black


Free
Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition

Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition

Silver, valued for its rarity and attractive lustre, has for centuries been mined and formed into an extensive range of domestic, personal, religious, and ceremonial objects. Silver is one of the most versatile and singular precious metals: it is malleable and ductile and has a relatively low...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition

“The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey At 10:47am on 3 February 1931, a devastating earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. In that moment it seemed the end of the world had...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Tuesday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

This exhibition shows a history of people and places of Ngāti Kahungunu, telling stories of their time and the events that shaped Te Matau-a-Māui into the region of Hawke’s Bay, events that also helped to shape Aotearoa into New Zealand. Kahungunu was a peaceful man, a producer, provider,...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


February 2023

Free
Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

A visit to Marineland was always something special, a treat, an adventure - the first on the agenda when visiting family or holidaying in Hawke's Bay. This exhibition tells the story from beginning to end, from the fun times through to the controversy and the eventual closure. Marineland opened...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Friday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland


Free
Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple; We Were There

Operation Grapple – We Were There is a powerful photography exhibition by Denise Baynham which tells the story of Operation Grapple through the portraits of 19 NZ nuclear test veterans and their stories. Operation Grapple was a nuclear testing program in the Pacific in 1957-58, which RNZ Navy...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 26 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Operation Grapple; We Were There


Free
Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Over several recent years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly. A vocabulary of colonisation. These remnants are scattered across mostly Te Ika-a-Māui North Island,...

Date: Saturday 10 December to Sunday 19 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary


Free
Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai Atareta Rerekohu Black Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe, Tā Imi Moriori Atareta Rerekohu Black came to Te Matau a Maui to complete research for Ki Uta, Ki Tai. While she was here, she visited the Hawke’s Bay Museum Trust’s collection, getting up...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 23 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black


Free
Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu

This exhibition shows a history of people and places of Ngāti Kahungunu, telling stories of their time and the events that shaped Te Matau-a-Māui into the region of Hawke’s Bay, events that also helped to shape Aotearoa into New Zealand. Kahungunu was a peaceful man, a producer, provider,...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


March 2023

Free
Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland

A visit to Marineland was always something special, a treat, an adventure - the first on the agenda when visiting family or holidaying in Hawke's Bay. This exhibition tells the story from beginning to end, from the fun times through to the controversy and the eventual closure. Marineland opened...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Friday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: the story of Marineland


Free
Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary

Over several recent years, photographer and artist Bruce Connew has roamed the many memorials and gravestones of Aotearoa’s colonial wars to seek out the texts on these testaments to folly. A vocabulary of colonisation. These remnants are scattered across mostly Te Ika-a-Māui North Island,...

Date: Saturday 10 December to Sunday 19 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Bruce Connew; A Vocabulary


Free
Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai Atareta Rerekohu Black Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe, Tā Imi Moriori Atareta Rerekohu Black came to Te Matau a Maui to complete research for Ki Uta, Ki Tai. While she was here, she visited the Hawke’s Bay Museum Trust’s collection, getting up...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 23 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black


April 2023

Free
Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ki Uta, Ki Tai Atareta Rerekohu Black Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe, Tā Imi Moriori Atareta Rerekohu Black came to Te Matau a Maui to complete research for Ki Uta, Ki Tai. While she was here, she visited the Hawke’s Bay Museum Trust’s collection, getting up...

Date: Wednesday 7 December to Sunday 23 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Ki Uta, Ki Tai - Atareta Rerekohu Black


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