• Rotorua Museum to remain closed following detailed assessment

    Friday, 7 July 2017

    A comprehensive assessment of Rotorua Museum has shown it falls well below earthquake safety standards and will need to remain closed for the foreseeable future. The good news is that it can be fixed. How that happens, how long it will take and how much it will cost now needs…


  • A mystery photographer on the Rotorua tour

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    Rotorua Museum has a collection of about 40 glass plate negatives all taken by an unidentified photographer between January and March 1912. They show groups of tourists, all in their heavy Edwardian clothing in the summer heat. Some are standing on Hinemoa’s Steps taking in the sights of Okere Falls, or…


  • Big Red – New Zealand’s endangered Pōhutukawa

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017

    In 2003 Rotorua Museum opened their exhibition called Big Red – celebrating the pōhutukawa. It marked 11 years of Project Crimson, a community-based project to save the endangered tree. Back then the main dangers for the pōhutukawa were possums and humans. Today Project Crimson is 27 years old, and there…


  • Judge announced for 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards

    Tuesday, 27 June 2017

    Rotorua Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of highly regarded New Zealand art curator and writer Emma Bugden as judge for the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards. Bugden has held a number of curatorial roles in New Zealand including Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Director…


  • What’s on with Rotorua Museum: July – August 2017

    Thursday, 22 June 2017

    Rotorua Museum is pleased to announce the return of the biennial Art Awards for 2017. The volunteers that provide free ‘outside-the-walls’ guided tours of Government Gardens have just won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards! Our new blog started in May and will explore a wide range of topics from Pacific Island Language Weeks to Tarawera sausages and much more. Events coming up include a talk celebrating Norma Evans, July School Holiday fun for all the family, ukulele workshops and concerts and a call for those with a passion for sewing.


  • Māori All Blacks: Looking Back at One of Our Own

    Thursday, 15 June 2017

    Rotorua is home to a number of Māori All Black greats. With the 2017 Māori All Black squad in town, we thought we would look back at one of our own: Hector Archibald Steele (1915-1990).Hector, known as Heke, was the youngest son of Duncan and Ngaroma Steele who both came…


  • Tarawera Sausages

    Saturday, 10 June 2017

    The Tarawera eruption On 10 June 1886 at about 2am an eruption of great magnitude occurred in the Rotorua region. It was Mount Tarawera, just 24km from the town. The eruption lasted 6 hours and consisted of lightning, earthquakes and molten rocks which were thrown into the air along with…


  • Le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoan Language Week 2017

    Sunday, 28 May 2017

    Talofa Lava! We are very excited to launch our new blog which kicks off by celebrating Pacific Island Language Weeks 2017. Over the course of each Pacific Island language week, we will share some of our newfound knowledge, engage directly with our Pacific communities to share treasures from the Museum’s…


  • Rotorua Museum Art Awards back again this year

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    Rotorua Museum, in association with the Friends of Rotorua Museum, is thrilled to confirm that the Rotorua Museum Art Awards will return again this year. ‘With the Museum still closed for earthquake assessment, we have been working hard to secure a venue for this year’s awards, and we’re delighted to…


  • What’s on with Rotorua Museum: May – June 2017

    Monday, 15 May 2017

    The building that houses Rotorua Museum remains closed following earthquake damage and we are currently awaiting a final seismic assessment. In the meantime, we are continuing to host daily tours, as well as events, exhibitions and education programmes in various locations around Rotorua. Top Art and Muka Prints are two great youth focussed exhibitions on in May and we start Matariki celebrations with a range of events in June.


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