• Damage forces ongoing closure of Rotorua Museum

    Friday, 2 December 2016

    Rotorua’s famed museum will remain closed until at least April 2017 when the results of a detailed seismic assessment are expected to be known. New damage believed to have been caused by the Kaikoura earthquake prompted the 18 November precautionary closure of Rotorua Museum, which is housed in the historic…


  • 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.


  • Norma Evans (1927 – 2017) – loss of a true Rotorua icon

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Norma Evans (1927-2017) – the loss of a true Rotorua icon. Born in Invercargill on 27 May 1927, Norma Mae Jackson was brought up in Kurow, Central Otago, in a family steeped in the ‘making-do’ tradition. Her mother and…


  • What’s On with Rotorua Museum – March-April 2017

    Thursday, 16 March 2017

    While Rotorua Museum is still not open we have a range of events and exhibitions happening at different venues. Check out Da Vinci Machines & Robots before it closes on 26 March.
    The annual Great Rotorua Museum Easter Egg Hunt has moved outside and giant eggs will be hidden throughout Government Gardens these April school holidays. Free drop in crafts will be available most weekdays in Te Rūnanga Tea House. Fun for all the family!


  • Almost $27,000 funding available for local arts initiatives

    Friday, 17 February 2017

    Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 6 March 2017. “With nearly $27,000 available for new arts projects in the community, this is a fantastic opportunity for locals with an artistic passion to make their dreams a reality,” says local…


  • Rotorua Museum still hosting thousands of visitors despite closure

    Friday, 20 January 2017

    Rotorua Museum has continued to host thousands of visitors despite having to close its doors to the public on 18 November last year due to the ongoing assessment of its earthquake risk.


  • Melvin Vaniman’s Rotorua adventure

    Monday, 16 January 2017

    Melvin Vaniman was an American photographer with a tendency towards thrill seeking and risk taking. Under an agreement with the Oceanic Steamship Company, in 1902 – 1903 he travelled to various countries including New Zealand. During this time he came to Rotorua where he took some photographs which are held…


  • Da Vinci family fun takes flight

    Thursday, 12 January 2017

    Liam, 5, and his sister Lily Evans, 8, were so excited after seeing the Da Vinci Machines and Robots exhibition they couldn’t wait to build a flying machine of their own at the Da Vinci Does Flight – kids fun day. Their dad, Grant Evans, said he had taken his…


  • Da Vinci Machines and Robots – Event Programme

    Monday, 19 December 2016


  • Shaken not Stirred – Rotorua Museum Whats on Dec 2016/Jan 2017

    Monday, 12 December 2016

    The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the South Island of New Zealand, on 14 November 2016 caused significant damage to the central part of the Bath House building in which Rotorua Museum is housed. The decision was made to close the Museum to the public, pending further investigation. At this stage Rotorua Museum is closed until at least April 2017.


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