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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 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions being in place from midday Wednesday, 12 August our Mystery of History exhibition will be closed, given the high level of interactive elements in this exhibition. All other exhibitions remain open.

Date: Friday 14 August to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Tender Is the Night Exhibition

Tender Is the Night Exhibition

Tender is the Night: Art Deco, dancing, jazz and the lost generation. “I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and...

Date: Friday 14 August to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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 14 August to Saturday 31 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 1 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


September 2020

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 14 August to Saturday 31 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka kōrero Māori Exhibition


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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


October 2020

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 14 August to Saturday 31 October
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Waka kōrero Māori Exhibition


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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism 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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


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: Friday 14 August 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: Friday 14 August to Thursday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism 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: Friday 14 August to Sunday 24 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - On Art & Activism Exhibition


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