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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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February 2024

Free
Pictures and Other Works

Pictures and Other Works

Celebrating 10 years of the MTG Foundation; a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have supported the expectations of this museum’s community and worked collectively to turn ambition into reality. Through their dedication to the arts, they have bequeathed, donated, and fund-raised to purchase...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Monday 3 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pictures and Other Works


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka Kōrero Māori Exhibition


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Pūrākau o Te Whenua

Pūrākau o Te Whenua

Pūrākau o Te Whenua explores the legends and tales of Te Matau-a-Māui, Hawke’s Bay. The special names given to hills, mountains, rivers, and streams of our region all tell a pūrākau (story) about the events and the people who lived on or near them. If you’ve ever wondered about the...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pūrākau o Te Whenua


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: The Story of Marineland


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


March 2024

Free
Pictures and Other Works

Pictures and Other Works

Celebrating 10 years of the MTG Foundation; a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have supported the expectations of this museum’s community and worked collectively to turn ambition into reality. Through their dedication to the arts, they have bequeathed, donated, and fund-raised to purchase...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Monday 3 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pictures and Other Works


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka Kōrero Māori Exhibition


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Pūrākau o Te Whenua

Pūrākau o Te Whenua

Pūrākau o Te Whenua explores the legends and tales of Te Matau-a-Māui, Hawke’s Bay. The special names given to hills, mountains, rivers, and streams of our region all tell a pūrākau (story) about the events and the people who lived on or near them. If you’ve ever wondered about the...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pūrākau o Te Whenua


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 17 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver Shadows: The Story of Marineland


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Kuru Taonga: Voices of Kahungunu


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


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: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 31 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


April 2024

Free
Pictures and Other Works

Pictures and Other Works

Celebrating 10 years of the MTG Foundation; a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have supported the expectations of this museum’s community and worked collectively to turn ambition into reality. Through their dedication to the arts, they have bequeathed, donated, and fund-raised to purchase...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Monday 3 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pictures and Other Works


Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


May 2024

Free
Pictures and Other Works

Pictures and Other Works

Celebrating 10 years of the MTG Foundation; a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have supported the expectations of this museum’s community and worked collectively to turn ambition into reality. Through their dedication to the arts, they have bequeathed, donated, and fund-raised to purchase...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Monday 3 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pictures and Other Works


Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


June 2024

Free
Pictures and Other Works

Pictures and Other Works

Celebrating 10 years of the MTG Foundation; a group of Hawke’s Bay people who have supported the expectations of this museum’s community and worked collectively to turn ambition into reality. Through their dedication to the arts, they have bequeathed, donated, and fund-raised to purchase...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Monday 3 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Pictures and Other Works


Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


July 2024

Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


August 2024

Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


Free
Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

Sione Faletau: Ata Moana

'Moana' is a term deeply rooted in Pasifika and Māori communities, where its meaning is the vast expanse of the ocean, sea, and waterways. This installation marks a significant evolution in Sione Faletau’s artistic journey, merging the profound significance of the Moana with mirrors projection...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sione Faletau: Ata Moana


September 2024

Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


October 2024

Free
Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories

Eye Spy: Curious Stories brings together some weird and wonderful objects from the Hawke’s Bay’s Museums Trust’s collection. Held within these objects are some truly great narratives, stories that go beyond ornamentation to offer a fascinating view of our heritage. Some of these stories...

Date: Saturday 24 February to Sunday 13 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Eye Spy: Curious Stories


Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


November 2024

Free
Gabby O’connor -  All The Colours - All The Light

Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light

In the Antarctic, moisture particles in the air can freeze and act as tiny prisms, reflecting a rainbow of light that creates twinkling clouds known as ‘diamond dust’. In All the Colours, All the Light, Gabby O’Connor uses these same principles to sculpt with light. Arranging theatre lighting...

Date: Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Gabby O’connor - All The Colours - All The Light


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