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.

March 2019

Free
The House of Webb

The House of Webb

The House of Webb: a Victorian family's journey to Ormondville. Follow the unusual journey of the Webb family as they leave their comfortable lifestyle in England and set out for New Zealand in 1884. As a group of 14, they voyaged on board a vermin-infested ship to Napier, then onwards to...

Date: Thursday 21 March to Sunday 28 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Thursday 21 March to Wednesday 1 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection

Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection

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: Thursday 21 March to Tuesday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Thursday 21 March to Wednesday 1 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Five Pākehā Painters

Five Pākehā Painters

From the onset of colonisation, European immigrants and their descendants have been bringing and maintaining their own culture in Aotearoa, including a characteristic art tradition. These twelve artworks by five Pakeha painters illustrate the way in which people of European heritage in New...

Date: Thursday 21 March to Saturday 30 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
The Architectural Legacy of J.A Louis Hay

The Architectural Legacy of J.A Louis Hay

“Every so often, in a distant place, there comes into existence someone with individuality and refined genius. They live their life, not in a great city, at the centre of power. Instead in a quiet town… they choose to do their work: to solve problems with imagination, to create buildings of...

Date: Thursday 21 March to Sunday 4 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Lifting the Blues 2019

Lifting the Blues 2019

Ben Waters has become a legend in the Hawke’s Bay with his virtuoso piano skills and high energy performances. As one of the key fundraisers for Brain Injury HB the night is sure to be a hit as he has the audience dancing in the aisles and rocking the MTG like never before, leaving no one in...

Date: Friday 22 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Ben Waters and Support

Ben Waters and Support

Ben Waters has become a legend in the Hawke’s Bay with his virtuoso piano skills and high energy performances. He has the audience dancing in the aisles and rocking the MTG like never before, leaving no one in doubt as to why he is considered to be one the best pianists of all time. Come...

Date: Friday 22 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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88 Pianos I Have Know-Jan Preston

88 Pianos I Have Know-Jan Preston

In her show 88 Pianos i have known, Jan Preston shares with us her passion for pianos. Projected images combine with unforgettable biographical stories, original songs and piano music, which will move you from tears to laughter. Underpinned by Jan’s thrilling virtuosity (together with her trio)...

Date: Saturday 23 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Hill Cemetery Tours

Napier Hill Cemetery Tours

Discover tales of tragedy and bravery as the tour winds its way through the historic cemetery guided by MTG’s Curator of Social History Gail Pope. What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes, sun hat, sunscreen and bottled water. Allow 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours for the walk. Please meet at the Old Napier...

Date: Sunday 24 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Project Banaba

Project Banaba

The history of Banaba, an island in the Pacific Ocean, is the focus of a new exhibition at MTG Hawke’s Bay. Project Banaba, by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa, explores how Banaba Island was destroyed by environmentally devastating phosphate mining during the 20th century, leading...

Date: Saturday 30 March to Sunday 1 September
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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April 2019

Free
Exhibition Talk with Art Curator Jess Mio

Exhibition Talk with Art Curator Jess Mio

Join our Art Curator Jess Mio for a discussion of twelve landscape paintings from the museum collection, exploring what these artworks can tell us about Pākehā culture and their relationship with the land of Te Matau a Maui / Hawke’s Bay. Monthly tours: 12pm on the second Monday of each...

Date: Monday 8 April to Monday 13 May
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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SGCNZ Hawke's Bay Regional UOSWSF 2019

SGCNZ Hawke's Bay Regional UOSWSF 2019

So much of what is happening in politics and society right now parallels what happens within Shakespeare’s plays – and we’re not just talking Trump. With this in mind, the ‘new takes’ on the works of the Bard will be performed by Hawke’s Bay students in Shakespeare Globe Centre New...

Date: Monday 8 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu

Two supremely talented musicians rising rapidly in the world of Art Song. New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and South-African pianist James Baillieu both won top prizes at the Wigmore Song Competition, with Otago University graduate Van Mellaerts winning the Kohn Foundation International...

Date: Tuesday 16 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Performing Arts Aria Contest

Napier Performing Arts Aria Contest

The Aria Preliminaries will be held on Easter Saturday 20th April with the Aria finals held on Easter 2019.

Date: Saturday 20 April to Sunday 21 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night

Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Showcasing our 2019 collection that has everything a cycling-centric audience could want - action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is...

Date: Saturday 27 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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May 2019

The Road That Wasn't There

The Road That Wasn't There

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world… In New Zealand, there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? A young woman strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It...

Date: Friday 10 May to Saturday 11 May
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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