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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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August 2022

Free
'Te ahua, te wa, te atea' by Russ Flatt

'Te ahua, te wa, te atea' by Russ Flatt

MTG Hawke’s Bay, Tai Ahuriri’s latest exhibition is by Russ Flatt. Te ahua, te wa, te atea (2022) is a video installation that gives us a hawk-eye view of significant sites in Te Matau a Māui. Otatara Pā, Te Awarua o Porirua, Pākowhai, Roto a Tara and Ōmārunui are wāhi tapu and...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 28 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 'Te ahua, te wa, te atea' by Russ Flatt


Free
Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Georgina Burne Hetley, an early botanical artist used her talent to capture both the beauty and scientific details of New Zealand’s flora. Ever adventurous, Georgina was able to travel throughout New Zealand revelling, not only in the wonderfully diverse botanical treasures discovered, but in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 16 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley


Nature Culture

Nature Culture

The relationship between humankind and nature has long provided an aesthetic and philosophical context for art making. Nowadays, this relationship is often addressed in view of the urgency of climate change and the environmental crisis where humankind is seen as in conflict with the natural...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 20 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Nature Culture


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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Hard-edged paintings with startling precision and dramatic shapes, is how Hawke’s Bay artist Leanne Morrison’s artworks have been described. Commissioned by MTG Hawke’s Bay, Leanne has created a large-scale painting directly on MTG’s foyer wall. Since graduating with a Masters in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Saturday 12 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison


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: Friday 19 August to Friday 30 September
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka kōrero Māori 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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


September 2022

Free
Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Georgina Burne Hetley, an early botanical artist used her talent to capture both the beauty and scientific details of New Zealand’s flora. Ever adventurous, Georgina was able to travel throughout New Zealand revelling, not only in the wonderfully diverse botanical treasures discovered, but in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 16 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley


Nature Culture

Nature Culture

The relationship between humankind and nature has long provided an aesthetic and philosophical context for art making. Nowadays, this relationship is often addressed in view of the urgency of climate change and the environmental crisis where humankind is seen as in conflict with the natural...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 20 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Nature Culture


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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Hard-edged paintings with startling precision and dramatic shapes, is how Hawke’s Bay artist Leanne Morrison’s artworks have been described. Commissioned by MTG Hawke’s Bay, Leanne has created a large-scale painting directly on MTG’s foyer wall. Since graduating with a Masters in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Saturday 12 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison


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: Friday 19 August to Friday 30 September
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka kōrero Māori 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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


October 2022

Free
Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley

Georgina Burne Hetley, an early botanical artist used her talent to capture both the beauty and scientific details of New Zealand’s flora. Ever adventurous, Georgina was able to travel throughout New Zealand revelling, not only in the wonderfully diverse botanical treasures discovered, but in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 16 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Native Flowers of New Zealand by Georgina Hetley


Nature Culture

Nature Culture

The relationship between humankind and nature has long provided an aesthetic and philosophical context for art making. Nowadays, this relationship is often addressed in view of the urgency of climate change and the environmental crisis where humankind is seen as in conflict with the natural...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 20 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Nature Culture


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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Hard-edged paintings with startling precision and dramatic shapes, is how Hawke’s Bay artist Leanne Morrison’s artworks have been described. Commissioned by MTG Hawke’s Bay, Leanne has created a large-scale painting directly on MTG’s foyer wall. Since graduating with a Masters in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Saturday 12 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison


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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


November 2022

Nature Culture

Nature Culture

The relationship between humankind and nature has long provided an aesthetic and philosophical context for art making. Nowadays, this relationship is often addressed in view of the urgency of climate change and the environmental crisis where humankind is seen as in conflict with the natural...

Date: Friday 19 August to Sunday 20 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Nature Culture


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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison

Hard-edged paintings with startling precision and dramatic shapes, is how Hawke’s Bay artist Leanne Morrison’s artworks have been described. Commissioned by MTG Hawke’s Bay, Leanne has created a large-scale painting directly on MTG’s foyer wall. Since graduating with a Masters in...

Date: Friday 19 August to Saturday 12 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Breaking the frame: New lines of enquiry by Leanne Morrison


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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


December 2022

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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection 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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


January 2023

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: Friday 19 August to Thursday 26 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection 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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


February 2023

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: Friday 19 August to Wednesday 1 February
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


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