As a storehouse of the community’s treasures, the museum is responsible for several important collections:

Taonga Maori Collection
Significant treasures of the Arawa people, original inhabitants of the Rotorua region.

Fine Arts Collection
Important images of New Zealand, historic and contemporary artworks, sculpture, ceramics and craft.

Photographic Collection
Over 70,000 images depicting Rotorua’s rich past.

Social History Collection
Items relating to the Rotorua area since European settlement, including a unique collection of souvenir ware.


Some of the Rotorua Museum collection is available for the public to search on-line.
To search the Rotorua Museum collection CLICK HERE

You can download and image order form here

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