The Faraday Centre began in 1979 as the Hawke's Bay Museum of Technology. Several individuals discovered that a Fullagar Engine used by the Municipal Electrical Department was no longer needed and was destined for the scrap yard. Rather than seeing this happen, this group which was passionate about preserving this engine and many other items of technology, formed a Society.
They initially based themselves at McLeod's Vineyard, but after a couple of years moved to a more roomy site at the bottom of Milton Road, Napier. The word spread fast around the community that the group was looking for interesting items from previous decades and the collection grew rapidly. A museum of technology society was formed and many of those items formed the core of the collection that is on display today.
The next move for the museum was to Faraday Street to where the centre is located today. It was renamed as The Faraday Centre in 1995 when it merged with the Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust.
Faraday Street is named after the great 19th century scientist Michael Faraday who made significant discoveries in science, particularly in electricity generation.