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.

December 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: Tuesday 12 December 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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 31 December
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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 4 March
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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 18 March
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: Tuesday 12 December to Tuesday 5 June
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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 6 May
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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 10 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Tuesday 12 December to Sunday 29 July
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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February 2018

Napier Hill Cemetery Tours - Summer 2018

Napier Hill Cemetery Tours - Summer 2018

Our tours of the Napier Hill Cemetery are back this summer by popular demand. Led by Curator of Social History Gail Pope, the tour winds its way through the historic cemetery on Napier Hill. Discover the stories of some of Napier's early colonists, from the famous to the infamous. Bookings are...

Date: Sunday 4 February to Sunday 15 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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I'm in the Mood-Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Concert - ADF18

I'm in the Mood-Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Concert - ADF18

Join the Hawke’s Bay Jazz Club Big Band as they play a special Valentine’s Day concert designed to make the heart skip a beat! Featuring songs such as Blue Moon, Making Whoopee, Singing in the Rain, Moonlight Serenade, It had to be you and so many more favourites. An evening where love and...

Date: Wednesday 14 February
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Cole - ADF18

Cole - ADF18

Returning to the Festival after a sell out season in 2017, Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter including You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely, Let’s Do It and Night and Day. Hedonism, grave misfortune, enduring love and a legacy that...

Date: Thursday 15 February to Friday 16 February
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Falling In Love Again - ADF18

Falling In Love Again - ADF18

Renowned New Zealand actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand brings to life the sultry performances of screen goddess, Marlene Dietrich, with sizzling physicality. Wearing recreations of Dietrich's exquisite gowns, she invites you to relive the glamour and seductive charm of this legendary icon....

Date: Friday 16 February to Saturday 17 February
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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