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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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November 2019

Free
Five Pākehā Painters Exhibition

Five Pākehā Painters Exhibition

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: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 1 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Tuesday 19 November to Tuesday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection 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: Tuesday 19 November to Wednesday 1 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Tuesday 19 November to Friday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Matimati Huruhuru me te Muka He mātiti raranga te turuturu e whakamahia ana kia kaua e pā te kākahu ki te papa i te wā e mahia mai. Ko te mātiti matua ko te mea matau, ā, ka taea tērā te whakanikoniko. E whakaatu ana i te mana o Te Whare Pora – ngā mātauranga toi. E pupuri ana te...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 15 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition


Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


December 2019

Free
Five Pākehā Painters Exhibition

Five Pākehā Painters Exhibition

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: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 1 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Five Pākehā Painters 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: Tuesday 19 November to Tuesday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Silver: Heirlooms From the Collection 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: Tuesday 19 November to Wednesday 1 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Tuesday 19 November to Friday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Matimati Huruhuru me te Muka He mātiti raranga te turuturu e whakamahia ana kia kaua e pā te kākahu ki te papa i te wā e mahia mai. Ko te mātiti matua ko te mea matau, ā, ka taea tērā te whakanikoniko. E whakaatu ana i te mana o Te Whare Pora – ngā mātauranga toi. E pupuri ana te...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 15 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition


Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


January 2020

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: Tuesday 19 November to Wednesday 1 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Tēnei Tonu 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: Tuesday 19 November to Friday 31 January
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Exhibition


Free
Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Matimati Huruhuru me te Muka He mātiti raranga te turuturu e whakamahia ana kia kaua e pā te kākahu ki te papa i te wā e mahia mai. Ko te mātiti matua ko te mea matau, ā, ka taea tērā te whakanikoniko. E whakaatu ana i te mana o Te Whare Pora – ngā mātauranga toi. E pupuri ana te...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 15 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition


Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


February 2020

Free
Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Matimati Huruhuru me te Muka He mātiti raranga te turuturu e whakamahia ana kia kaua e pā te kākahu ki te papa i te wā e mahia mai. Ko te mātiti matua ko te mea matau, ā, ka taea tērā te whakanikoniko. E whakaatu ana i te mana o Te Whare Pora – ngā mātauranga toi. E pupuri ana te...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 15 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition


Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


March 2020

Free
Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition

Matimati Huruhuru me te Muka He mātiti raranga te turuturu e whakamahia ana kia kaua e pā te kākahu ki te papa i te wā e mahia mai. Ko te mātiti matua ko te mea matau, ā, ka taea tērā te whakanikoniko. E whakaatu ana i te mana o Te Whare Pora – ngā mātauranga toi. E pupuri ana te...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 15 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Turuturu: Fingers, Feather & Fibre Exhibition


Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


April 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


May 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


June 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


July 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


August 2020

Free
Mystery of History Exhibition

Mystery of History Exhibition

Solve a mystery, and learn a little history! Family friendly and fun for all ages, Mystery of History takes you on a journey from the legendary to the magical and from the ancient to the more unusual. Discover and explore ancient artifacts from around the world, the magician’s bag of tricks,...

Date: Tuesday 19 November to Sunday 30 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Mystery of History Exhibition


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