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MTG Hawke's BayTe Whare Pupuri Taonga o Te Matau-a-Māui

Located in the heart of Napier’s vibrant CBD sits MTG, our home of arts and culture, a place where people, objects and ideas meet. It inhabits three buildings – an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem and galleries with majestic views over Hawke Bay.

MTG Exterior 2018

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.

Formerly known as the Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery (HBMAG), the 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.

MTG is open every day 9.30am-5pm except Christmas Day.

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MTG Century Theatre

The MTG Century Theatre is a modernist masterpiece designed by leading Hawke's Bay architect Guy Natusch. Built in 1977 as a concert chamber to commemorate Napier's first century as a city the MTG Theatre is Hawke's Bay's premier mid-sized venue and a central part of the MTG Hawke's Bay complex.

MTG's 330 tiered-seat theatre provides an intimate setting for performing arts, film and lectures. The theatre is home to Chamber Music New Zealand's Hawke's Bay's concerts, the New Zealand International and Italian film festivals. It also hosts a wide range of other events throughout the year.

The theatre is located in the Museum complex between the Marine Parade and Herschell Street, Napier. The evening entrances are located at 9 Herschell Street and on Marine Parade - which has wheelchair access.

The Century Theatre is Hawke's Bay's premier mid-sized venue ideal for a conference, launch, lecture or a film, music or theatrical event. The theatre has been designed with chamber music concerts in mind and has a Steinway piano available.

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