Nightmare at the Museum returns in a new venue

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Following sell-out horror walks in 2016, the hugely popular Nightmare at the Museum has been given a new spine-tingling lease of life with a new horror walk experience. The Dark Arts will run for two spooky nights at the new venue of The Arts Village on the 5th and 6th September 2018.

The production continues the partnership between Rotorua Museum and Wildside Promotions, with Layla Robinson leading the creative side of the event for the fifth time.

“2016 was the best Nightmare yet. Run over 3 nights, with 567 tickets sold for 101 horror walks. People loved the whole event. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers and we are on the lookout for more passionate people to get involved this year”, says Mrs Robinson.

As well as actors, Nightmare at the Museum are looking for make-up artists, AV technicians, lighting designers, prop makers, costume designers, marshals and photographers.

You need to be at least 15 years old to volunteer. If you’re keen visit:

Here you will find:

  • Dates you will need to be available
  • Frequently asked volunteer questions
  • Online application form

All applications need to be received by 16 July 2018, with volunteer auditions taking place on 28 July 2018.

Rotorua Museum Event Coordinator Tori Williams is excited a new location has been found.

“It will take participants through the dimly lit corridors of The Arts Village where they will see the bizarre rituals used to treat patients using dark arts and black magic. Who know what’s around the corner?” says Ms Williams

Ms Williams’ team has been working to find a new venue for the event after the

Rotorua Museum closed its doors (18 November, 2016) as a result of earthquake


“We’ve found the ideal location for this event.  The historic feel of The Arts Village works so well for this event and the flexibility of the spaces meant there were quite a few options for the route of the horror walk. The venue itself also led to the theme of this year’s walk: The Dark Arts”, says Ms Williams.

For the first time this year two workshops will be offered to those wishing to help out with prop making and learn some new spooky skills.

UV Prop Workshop – 7 July 2018

Horror Prop Workshop – 4 August 2018

Both events cost $5 each and have limited spots available. People can learn more and book tickets on

Tickets for The Dark Arts horror walk, for people aged 13 years and older, will be on sale from 1 August via for $20.  Are you brave enough?


For further information:

Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,

Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council

P: 07 351 7831 C: 0276 741 898 E:

Image credit: Zombie actors, Nightmare at the Museum 2016, Rotorua Museum. Mark Coker Photography

Image credit: Nightmare at the Museum 2016, makeup volunteers prepare actors. Mark Coker Photography

Image credit: Nightmare at the Museum 2016, clown in basement. Mark Coker Photography





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