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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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October 2020

Free
Rongonui Exhibition

Rongonui Exhibition

Rongonui – Taonga mai ngā tāngata, ngā wāhi, me ngā takahanga (Treasured taonga from people, places and events), shares significant Māori taonga, treasures, relating to famous people, places and events. Learn about major rangatira, chiefs, Māori-Pākehā relationships, famous battles,...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Rongonui 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: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

This stunning exhibition features a broad range of historic and contemporary taonga from the collection of the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi. Translated as 'always here', Tēnei Tonu shares diverse stories of local Iwi Ngati Kahungunu and their enduring connection to the...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
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 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans was born in Birmingham, 1878, the second eldest in a family of eleven children. At the age of nine, Lewis contracted poliomyelitis (polio) a muscle wasting illness. His lower body paralysed, he was for the rest of his life dependent on a bath chair, (similar to a wheel chair) for...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition


Free
On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism presents art from key moments in Aotearoa, New Zealand's history. Here we see artists speaking out against legacies of capitalism, industrialism, and colonialism, working in the cause of political movements. These artworks reflect periods in which New Zealand citizens fought...

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

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


Free
Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial - Te Whakamaharatanga o te Parekura Tamariki A unique Memorial honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust 'giving a voice to those who cannot speak' and serving as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy. On display in...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition


Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


November 2020

Free
Rongonui Exhibition

Rongonui Exhibition

Rongonui – Taonga mai ngā tāngata, ngā wāhi, me ngā takahanga (Treasured taonga from people, places and events), shares significant Māori taonga, treasures, relating to famous people, places and events. Learn about major rangatira, chiefs, Māori-Pākehā relationships, famous battles,...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Rongonui 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: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

This stunning exhibition features a broad range of historic and contemporary taonga from the collection of the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi. Translated as 'always here', Tēnei Tonu shares diverse stories of local Iwi Ngati Kahungunu and their enduring connection to the...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
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 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans was born in Birmingham, 1878, the second eldest in a family of eleven children. At the age of nine, Lewis contracted poliomyelitis (polio) a muscle wasting illness. His lower body paralysed, he was for the rest of his life dependent on a bath chair, (similar to a wheel chair) for...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition


Free
On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism presents art from key moments in Aotearoa, New Zealand's history. Here we see artists speaking out against legacies of capitalism, industrialism, and colonialism, working in the cause of political movements. These artworks reflect periods in which New Zealand citizens fought...

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

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


Free
Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial - Te Whakamaharatanga o te Parekura Tamariki A unique Memorial honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust 'giving a voice to those who cannot speak' and serving as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy. On display in...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition


Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


Free
Sustainability from a Maori Perspective

Sustainability from a Maori Perspective

Join MTG Maori Curator Te Hira Henderson for a tour of the Tenei Tonu exhibition with a focus on tikanga in sustainability. This event is part of Sustainable Backyards 2020. To learn more about our other events please see our Eventfinda page- we look forward to helping you live sustainably.

Date: Tuesday 10 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Sustainability from a Maori Perspective


December 2020

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 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu Exhibition

This stunning exhibition features a broad range of historic and contemporary taonga from the collection of the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi. Translated as 'always here', Tēnei Tonu shares diverse stories of local Iwi Ngati Kahungunu and their enduring connection to the...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
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 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection Exhibition


Free
Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition

Lewis Evans was born in Birmingham, 1878, the second eldest in a family of eleven children. At the age of nine, Lewis contracted poliomyelitis (polio) a muscle wasting illness. His lower body paralysed, he was for the rest of his life dependent on a bath chair, (similar to a wheel chair) for...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Lewis Evans: Of Time and Place Exhibition


Free
On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism presents art from key moments in Aotearoa, New Zealand's history. Here we see artists speaking out against legacies of capitalism, industrialism, and colonialism, working in the cause of political movements. These artworks reflect periods in which New Zealand citizens fought...

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

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


Free
Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial - Te Whakamaharatanga o te Parekura Tamariki A unique Memorial honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust 'giving a voice to those who cannot speak' and serving as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy. On display in...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition


Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


January 2021

Free
On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism Exhibition

On Art & Activism presents art from key moments in Aotearoa, New Zealand's history. Here we see artists speaking out against legacies of capitalism, industrialism, and colonialism, working in the cause of political movements. These artworks reflect periods in which New Zealand citizens fought...

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

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


Free
Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Children's Holocaust Memorial - Te Whakamaharatanga o te Parekura Tamariki A unique Memorial honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust 'giving a voice to those who cannot speak' and serving as a reminder to stand up to prejudice, discrimination and apathy. On display in...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Children's Holocaust Memorial Exhibition


Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


February 2021

Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


March 2021

Free
Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition

The naming of a new apple cultivar Billy Apple® fulfils a long held ambition for the artist and is the natural culmination of his 1962 self-branding exercise. Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 looks back to Apple’s name change and the way Apple created art works that...

Date: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 21 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product Exhibition


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