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Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery Upgrade

Aerial view of Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery Upgrade progress.

Planning Started: 2007
Construction Started: 22 June 2011
Construction Completed: May 2013

Work has finished on the $18-million development of Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery (HBMAG) now known as MTG Hawke’s Bay. MTG Hawke’s Bay opened on Saturday 21 September 2013.

The new name MTG Hawke's Bay was approved by Napier City Council in November 2012. MTG Hawke's Bay director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins says the name change reflects a desire to create a brand that takes the building, and what it represents, into the future. MTG Hawke's Bay brings together three key parts of the institution, the museum, theatre and gallery. A reference to the theatre had been missing within the HBMAG name.

The redevelopment project has provided a new landmark home for the treasured art and artifacts held on behalf of the people of Hawke's Bay. The project has been funded by the Napier City Council, the Government, the Hastings District Council and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. It has also attracted generous ongoing support from the Hawke's Bay community.

The redeveloped complex will be a premium cultural facility says Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott – one that will better tell the stories of the people of this region and support its thriving visitor industry.

The architect for the redevelopment was Richard Daniels of Opus International Consultants Ltd.

Gemco Construction was awarded the museum redevelopment contract in June 2011.

Demolition and site work began on 22 June 2011. The old Lilliput building was demolished to clear the site for the new wing, while the Category II historic place; the Borough Council Chambers building has been relocated to Byron Street.

MTG's new wing includes the new public entrance to the complex. Three levels house six exhibition galleries, an education suite, a large reception foyer and shop. The new building connects to the MTG Century Theatre and the original 1936 Louis Hay-designed gallery and museum building through a ground level link-way gallery. The original entrance of 1936 building has now been reinstated as originally conceived by Hay. This building is the new home of the Archives of the Hawke's Bay region as well as associated research and gallery spaces.

The exhibition programme celebrates the richness and diversity of the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust collection with a variety of frequently changing exhibitions. There will be many new treasures and stories to enjoy and discover alongside well-known favourites.

MTG Hawke's Bay new facility ensures the Hawke's Bay Museums Trust's collection will be displayed in outstanding exhibition spaces and ismaintained in line with museum standards.

To find out more about MTG Hawke's Bay please visit our website

 HB Museum & Art Gallery Project Images

The original 1936 Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery Building entrance that was restored as part of the redevelopment. Entrance to the MTG Century Theatre with the Mural (detail), 2013 by Rakai Karaitiana, commissioned graphic design project. MTG Hawke’s Bay Main foyer and reception desk. The original Octagon Gallery that was restored as part of the redevelopment. In the foreground the elegant art deco Octagon Gallery where Italian sculptor Emilio Greco’s Grande Baignante III (1957) stands as a tribute to former museum and art gallery director, Leo Bestall from the collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi. The new main entrance at 1 Tennyson Street. Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment. An aerial view of the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery Upgrade Project April 2013. The 1930s original entrance being reinstated, Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery Upgrade progress. Aerial view of Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery Upgrade progress. Herschell Street action removal of the upper floor from the former Lilliput and Planetarium building, Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery Upgrade. Former Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and Managing Director of Gemco Construction Ltd Darren Diack outside the Museum entrance ready to begin demolition of the former Lilliput building.  Artistic impression of the Museum upon redevelopment.  Concept of the Museum redevelopment. Aerial view of HB Museum & Art Gallery before upgrade 2009. Aerial view of HB Museum & Art Gallery before upgrade 2009.

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