MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier

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#2 of 9 in Museums in Hawke's Bay Region
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Find the cultural heart of Napier at MTG Hawke's Bay, a complex dedicated to New Zealand's artistic heritage. Catch a theatre production, or browse the museum's collections to discover a rich history of fine art, design, and performance. The cultural center's three buildings each have their own architectural appeal and distinctive aesthetic pallet. Temporary exhibits and permanent collections offer a clear and evocative narrative of the country's cultural heritage, from Maori ceremonial artifacts to contemporary design classics, as well as an extensive array of wonders from the natural world. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to MTG Hawke's Bay by using our Napier itinerary planner.
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pier boasts a range of accommodations, most located on the tip of land that ends at the Port of pier. From boutique Art Deco hotels and rental apartments to backpacker hostels, the central district offers options for many tastes and price ranges. With the city's buildings so attractive, a sea view may not be as much of a deal-breaker as it is elsewhere. Farther out of town, you can choose from an array of more economical motels, or at a campsite.
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  • Interesting well organized museum. Surprisingly good for size of the city. Great art gallery in museum.  more »
  • This modern museum is a credit to Napier both in design and content. There were several small but interesting exhibitions together with Maori exhibits and most interesting of all, the 1931 Earthquake ...  more »
  • Went to find out a little more about Napier and the massive earthquake of 1931 and what Napier did to recover with many accounts from different people about how they were affected that day. Really enj...  more »
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  • Very nice museum. Not too big but still plenty to see. The earthquake exhibition is very intense.
  • The kids and I followed a trail to find a list of items in the museum. It meant we went to each part and had to look closely to learn about the exhibits and find the things we needed.
  • Great muesem lots of different tgings too look ar and learn. Would be great to have a few more interactive exhibits. But really enjoyed it. Modern place great staff.
  • Great staff, love the artifacts and of course the knowledge and facts that you learn are priceless. The Napier Earthquake exhibition on the Basement floor is made more personal when you hear, see and read the personal accounts of Napier/Hawkes Bay Residents and how as a United Community throughout the Regions - overcame tragedy to rise and triumph adversity. The Kahungungu Maori Exhibition highlights past/future Maori Talent and Kaumatua/Artefacts within our turangawaewae , and even though I'm Whanau affiliated with my ancestors on the touch screen - I was still educated in history about them. Nice touch with the personal message korowai too! Diwali Exhibition is Amazing!! Must see. I Highly recommend the MTG for a Family outing, the Drop Zone is kiddie friendly full of activities for interaction between Adults & Children, Group tours and us Locals too.
  • Very fascinating. Friendly and informational staff who are passionate about their work. They're always updating and changing their collection as well.