• The History of the Rotorua Museum Art Awards

    Thursday, 22 August 2019

    The Rotorua Art Awards as we know them were started by the Friends of the Rotorua Art Gallery in 1983. Before this there had been an annual exhibition award that was run by the Rotorua Society of Arts. The Arts Society evolved from a sketching group which was set up…

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  • The first 50 years of the Rotorua Bath House

    Thursday, 15 August 2019

    As the Museum moves into the next phase of its journey we look back at this unique building, its chequered history and how it came to be one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand. On Tuesday 13 August 2019 at 5.30pm local history enthusiast and experienced Museum guide,…

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  • Mayor Chadwick says PGF funding for Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance

    Tuesday, 13 August 2019

    Government funding of $20m towards re-opening Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance and reinforces Rotorua’s direction and progress, Mayor Steve Chadwick says. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones came to Rotorua today [Tuesday 13 August] to announce $15 million in funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth…

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  • Rotorua Museum invites you to write a short story about some of the items from the collection

    Thursday, 8 August 2019

    Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items…

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  • Swimming in wool

    Friday, 21 June 2019

    In the 1930s Professor D. B. Anderson of Auckland (“leading swimming instructor in the Dominion”) wrote a booklet on how to swim that contained written instructions for all the strokes.   All about swimming, ca1933. By D. B. Anderson. Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (2008.85) It was…

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  • Huge boost for Rotorua Museum and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre projects

    Friday, 14 June 2019

    A total $10 million in combined grants from Lottery’s significant projects fund has provided a huge boost for the projects to restore and strengthen Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. The Rotorua Museum project, to earthquake strengthen and redevelop the Bath House building in which the…

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  • World Environment Day

    Wednesday, 5 June 2019

    For World Environment Day we will consider the possum, introduced to New Zealand for its fur in 1837. Possums really took to New Zealand conditions and have caused serious damage to both plants and birds in New Zealand since that time. We recently unearthed an interesting letter concerning a possum…

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  • Rotorua Museum sends AEIOU exhibition on the road

    Friday, 17 May 2019

    In 2015 the team at Rotorua Museum developed the exhibition: AEIOU Tūhurahia te arapū Māori | Explore the Māori alphabet. This is entertaining, family exhibition focused on the Māori alphabet and visitors enjoyed learning Māori words through a diverse mix of objects from the Rotorua Museum collection. Local Rotorua artist,…

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  • Meet Outside the Walls Walking Tour Volunteer Guide Linda Long

    Thursday, 11 April 2019

    MeetLinda Long who has recently returned to our part of The Shakey Isles after the terrors of the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks. Linda enjoys water colour painting and has joined our team of entrepid Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides. Although having lived in Rotorua for over thirty years, my…

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  • Resource consent issued for Rotorua Museum project

    Tuesday, 5 March 2019

    Another milestone was achieved as resource consent was issued for the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa last week (1 March 2019), marking a significant step forward in the restoration and strengthening of this iconic building. Proposed 3D floor plan of Rotorua Museum basement. Courtesy of DPA Architects…

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