You’re welcome at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, where you’ll find a range of inclusive services, facilities and programmes.
Committed to being an accessible gallery, we’re always working to remove barriers so you can have equal opportunity to experience art.
The Gallery is open everyday 10am-5pm
(we are just closed on Christmas Day)
The Gallery entrance is combined with the gift shop and accessible through the main entrance on Queen Street.
The automatic sliding glass doors are on a flat level surface.
Inside the Govett-Brewster Shop and Gallery entrance is a wheelchair access ramp to the restaurant café, Monica’s Eatery, located next door.
Two designated parking spaces are available for people with limited mobility. These are located outside the Gallery entrance on Queen Street. Display of a mobility parking card is required for vehicles stationed in these car parking spaces.
Please note, the surface between the footpath and the road is not level and may require you to travel to find the nearest ramp.
Non-designated car parks on surrounding streets cost per hour through pay meters Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm. Parking is free on Sundays. You can use cash, credit card or download the PayMyPark app.
Tickets are purchased from the front desk inside the Gallery entrance/Govett-Brewster Shop on Queen Street.
If you are a resident of New Plymouth District, aged under 16, or a Friend of the Gallery, admission is free (ID and proof of address required).
Seniors entry is $10.
For everyone else, admission is $15.
Visiting during Changeover
Please note, the Gallery changes all of the exhibitions three times a year. During changeover times, some galleries have limited access or are closed to enable artwork installation work.
Admission costs may vary during this time.
Industrial materials and tools may also be in use. If you are sensitive to sounds and smells, we recommend you give us a call or check our website prior to your visit.
Most of our gallery spaces and facilities are mobility-friendly, with a selection of ramps, stairs and an elevator located on the ground floor.
Manual wheelchairs are available, at no extra cost, at the Gallery entrance. Please call ahead and book if required.
Please note, one of the ramps (Upper Ramp) in the Gallery has a steep incline and visitors with limited mobility may require assistance.
All other galleries can be accessed via the elevator.
We host a wide range of programmes to engage our visitors with art, with talks, tours, workshops for Babes and Pre-Schoolers through to Seniors.
For more information on fun and engaging activities for kids, or insightful and thought-provoking programmes for adults, check out our What's On Events Page
Attending Public Programmes or Cinema
If you would like to attend a public programme or cinema screening and require assistance, please let us know in advance, so suitable seating and arrangements can be made.
Our Cinema has two allocated wheelchair spaces.
We also give free entry for a companion assisting a Gallery visitor or Cinema goer.
Sense Art Tours
We host a selection of sensory-focused programmes and workshops.
Sense Art introduces key artworks and exhibition themes through tours and art-making workshops tailored to the needs of our visitors with hearing or vision impairments. Each programme is between 1 to 2 hours and free of charge.
Please refer to our Whats On page to see the next upcoming Sense Art Tour.
Facilities and Services
Non-gendered toilets are on the Ground Floor.
One toilet is wheelchair accessible and has baby changing facilities. Please note, the door on the wheelchair accessible toilet pulls to open – assistance may be required.
Visiting with babies and infants
Breastfeeding and infant bottle feeding are welcome in the Gallery. The Todd Energy Learning Centre can also be used if you prefer, when its available.
Infant formula can’t be mixed in the galleries but can be made up in the Todd Energy Learning Centre, the Foyer and Govett-Brewster Shop. Feel free to ask staff where to go and if the space is available.
Seating is readily available in most gallery spaces. Lightweight portable stools are available - Please ask a staff member if you would like a stool.
Although food and drink is not permitted in the Gallery, there is a water fountain located near the lockers and toilets on the Ground floor. Food and drink is allowed in the Todd Energy Learning Centre.
There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the Gallery.
Guide and Assistance Dogs are welcome in all gallery spaces.
Hearing Loop is available in the Cinema – please ask staff for assistance.
Visitors to the Gallery who are sensitive to sound can borrow a pair of earmuffs during their visit. Simply ask a staff member or visit the front desk to borrow a pair.
Please ensure you return them when you are finished.
You can find large print text versions of the exhibition wall labels, when available, in most gallery spaces or at the front desk.
Digital copies will be on the exhibition-related tab on our website.
The Gallery has developed a series of Social Narratives to give visitors an idea of what to expect on a visit.
These act as visually represented stories that describe social situations and socially appropriate responses or behaviours to help visitors with their social skills.
The following Social Narratives can be viewed online or downloaded:
Social Narratives for Families
Social Narratives for Students
Social Narratives for Individuals
For visitors who experience sensitivity to high levels of noise, light, and smells, Sensory Maps have been developed to help indicate potential areas of high or low sensory activity.
This map is updated regularly to reflect our change of exhibitions.
Sensory Map Summer 2020
The gallery regularly exhibits kinetic sculptures.
We understand that not everyone experiences art in the same way. This short video is designed to indicate the types of artworks you may experience on your visit and is intended to be watched prior to your visit. The video footage shows the individual parts of the kinetic sculpture in motion – especially when the sculpture is performing at its fastest and loudest.
The aim is to provide information for our visitors who interpret sound, light and motion in their own way, and to give an idea of what you can expect to see and encounter on a visit to the gallery
Please note, this video is for reference only, the exact work may not be on display at the time of your visit.
If you require assistance or for any further information please contact us:
Phone: 06 759 6060
Address: 42 Queen St, New Plymouth 4310
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day