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“Earthquake exhibit a good feature”
Review of MTG Hawke's Bay

MTG Hawke's Bay
Ranked #22 of 70 things to do in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: MTG Hawke's Bay is at home in the heart of Napier forming the cultural centre of this stylish city for over 150 years. MTG Hawke's Bay is a place where people, objects and ideas meet. MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character - an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawke Bay. MTG Hawke's Bay is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions and a world-class research facility. The MTG Theatre hosts a lively programme of film and performing arts. MTG Hawke's Bay uses its collection to tell the stories of New Zealand with assurance and style. This is the place to get a fresh perspective on the stories you know including the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Here too the art that adorns our walls and the objects that fill our homes come together alongside precious photographs and documents to creatively illustrate the life stories of successive generations of New Zealanders. Visit our fabulous little shop selling a range of MTG publications and merchandise inspired by the magic of the Museum collections. MTG Hawke's Bay welcomes visitors from all over the world to share in the complex and fascinating history of New Zealand through the lens of a distinct and characterful region.
Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Earthquake exhibit a good feature”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday afternoon and got there just in time to see an engaging video from earthquake survivors. Then downstairs to the earthquake exhibit and a friendly staff member providing some additional information and interpretation for us. The rest of the gallery was pretty hit and miss, we cruised through it quite quickly as it didn't really engage us. Overall fairly average, you'd have to work hard to get value from the $15 admission given what's currently on show.

2 Thank David0000
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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

MTG stands for Museum, Theatre, Gallery. I had assumed that the $15/adult entry fee would include a walkthrough of the museum, a film at the theatre and a trip to the gallery. Turns out that the theatre is extra and rather than playing films about the history of Napier, it's just like a regular movie theatre, playing the latest blockbusters. The museum itself contains some interesting artefacts from local maraes in the Taonga section, a just-opened display of the Forerunners, and a basement-level display of the 1931 earthquake. The gallery has three rooms displaying local artists, one of which had only two pieces in a vast space.

I'd expected quite a bit more content for the admission price; it took us only a little over an hour to see everything, including reading all the descriptor cards. The earthquake display, in particular, has so much unrealised potential for interactive activities that would have really made it a memorable experience.

Positive points were the very friendly staff at the welcome desk and the great look of the building from the outside. The collectors have also made what seems to be a good effort to source a cohesive display of pieces for the Forerunners exhibit, which has just opened. However, the negatives definitely outweighed the positives in this case.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank SLKrivan
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not worth a visit”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Big empty space . Confusing . Not enough to look at . Staff not that helpful . Don't waste your time going . The old one was better.

2 Thank Sue N
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christchurch new zealand
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not worth the entry fee”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

This new building looks great from the outside, but the small area of display space disappoints. While the earthquake section is interesting, there is little else of note.
The entrance foyer is large and a waste of space that could be put to better use.
The entrance fee of $15 is a rip-off as other council operated museums in NZ are free.
For the large amount of money spent upgrading this site, a better design and use could have been made by architects, engineers etc.
I notice similar reviews by others with similar disappointments.
Shame really! as Napier is a great city and deserves better.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank maturetraveller65
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Big empty space”
Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

After looking forward to going to the revamped Napier museum we were very disappointed the old museum seemed to contain more than the larger new one.
Lots big empty rooms with well spaced out exhibits .
Napier has a great history fill it up and put more on show.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank kaptin
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