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 are supported by changing exhibitions in seven additional gallery spaces.

November 2017

Free
1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

“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 15 November to Sunday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu can be interpreted as “always here” and this new exhibition shares stories of those who have always been here - Tangata Whenua. These are the kaitiaki custodians not only of this land but also of the connections to whakapapa genealogy and to culture. Taonga on display will...

Date: Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Deco Kimono: From The Jack C Richards Collection

Deco Kimono: From The Jack C Richards Collection

Presenting six kimono from the time of Art Deco in Japan, when innovations in silk fabric production led to the first mass-produced, inexpensive silk kimono. The modern kimono fashions became accessible to a wide sector of society, with designs that featured bold colours, striking geometric...

Date: Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 18 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Time for Tea: The Much-Loved Cuppa

Time for Tea: The Much-Loved Cuppa

For most New Zealanders, gathering together over the comfort of a cuppa has always been a vital part of daily living: whether sitting companionably in the whare kai, around the kitchen table, or in the formal setting of the drawing room. Many homes had a china cabinet in which to showcase...

Date: Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 10 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Two Sisters: Lasting Legacies of Ruth Nelson & Gwen Malden

Two Sisters: Lasting Legacies of Ruth Nelson & Gwen Malden

The story of two visionary sisters, whose dedication, generosity and lifelong love of art has left a lasting impression on the Hawke’s Bay region. Their purchase of Kereru Station in 1946 enabled them to establish and support a range of local causes and organisations, and the charitable...

Date: Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 4 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Play Hawke’s Bay: Sounds of Our Place

Play Hawke’s Bay: Sounds of Our Place

Touch, tap, strike and slap on these photographs to trigger the sounds of each place. From birdsong and cascading water to the roar of a train and the chatter of people, the sounds that you discover bring the images of Hawke’s Bay to life. Recordings and contact technology by Campbell Burns,...

Date: Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 6 May
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Kiwi Christmas At the Museum

Kiwi Christmas At the Museum

Movie: Kiwi Christmas MTG plays host to a special preview of New Zealand film Kiwi Christmas. Directed by Tony Simpson (Kiwi Flyer) Kiwi Christmas is the first film that speaks to our own experience of Christmas. Disillusioned with the materialism of Christmas, Santa escapes to as far from...

Date: Sunday 26 November
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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December 2017

Free
He Manu Tīoriori

He Manu Tīoriori

Traversing 100 years of Ngāti Kahungunu’s love affair with music, 'He Manu Tīoriori' features church and brass band influence through to parlour music, ragtime, jazz, rock and roll as well as country and western. The exhibition explores how Ngāti Kahungunu has been at the forefront of it...

Date: Saturday 2 December to Sunday 29 July
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Stitch

Stitch

Embroidery Workshops with Jo Dixey. Two workshops based on embroidered works from the Hawke's Bay Museum's Trust Collection. 2 December 2017 Indian-inspired flowers and leaves. Suitable for beginners to advanced stitchers. 3 December 2017 Tree Panel. Suitable for intermediate to...

Date: Saturday 2 December to Sunday 3 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Yuki Kihara: Te Taenga Mai o Salome

Yuki Kihara: Te Taenga Mai o Salome

Poetic and visually alluring photographs and video works from leading interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara place the symbolic figure of Salome in the landscape of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga - Hawke’s Bay. Kihara was inspired to set her works in the Hawke’s Bay region after reading an...

Date: Friday 8 December to Tuesday 5 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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January 2018

Summer Cycling Carnival - The Big Bike Film Night

Summer Cycling Carnival - The Big Bike Film Night

We're thrilled to have The Big Bike Film Night as part of the Hawke's Bay Summer Cycling programme. Heralded as one of the best sports documentaries of our day! “Packed with heart, bravery, laughter and tears… much more than a cycling film.” - Sam Edmonds, Herald Sun. In 2011, as...

Date: Friday 5 January
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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