• 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…


  • Latest design concepts for Rotorua Museum

    Monday, 18 February 2019

    The strengthening and reopening of Rotorua Museum remains a key focus for Council. Last year Rotorua Trust agreed to commit $10 million towards the rebuild of the Rotorua Museum, with trustees unanimously agreeing that rebuilding and reopening the Museum is a key priority for the Rotorua community. This generous contribution…


  • Eric and Joan – A Museum Love Story

    Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Down in the depths of the Museum’s northern wing is the Mud Bath Basement where lies an old red high-heeled shoe and a nearby sign that reads : “Shadowy lovers from the past sneaked under the building and proclaimed their affection in the graffiti on the right…..” This sign points…


  • Rotorua Museum Project – The Lead Engineer at GDC explains some of the complexities of the project

    Keegan Williams, Lead Engineer at GDC, explains the complexities of working on one of the country’s iconic buildings, Rotorua Museum. For more information about the Museum project visit: www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz/rotorua-museum-update

  • Meet Jane Foulkes once a theatre nurse and now one of our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides

    Jane says during her training she “has really enjoyed meeting a bunch of enthusiastic like-minded and just lovely people!” “I’ve learnt a lot about Rotorua – I never realized that the museum was a bathhouse, for me it was always a museum. People love hearing the stories, the gardens and the carvings”…


  • Meet volunteer guide Charlie Te Ata

    Meet Charlie Te Ata, a recent import to our country and newly married to a Te Arawa lad who whakapapa’s to Tutānekai. Charlie joined our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides after wanting to learn more about her husband’s home. “I wanted to learn more about Rotorua…


  • Meet Brian Small, retired Methodist Minister and part owner of LJ’s Seafood in the Central Mall. 

    Thursday, 20 December 2018

    Brian is one of the new guides to join our team of keen Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides. Brian found learning about the history of the development of Rotorua very interesting – The Fenton Agreement, the leasing of the land and the consequent loss of expected income affecting the…


  • A Christmas in New Zealand, 1938

    Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    It is rare for a Museum to receive a whole record of one person’s Christmas holiday but that is what happened this year. Rotorua Museum was donated objects from an Australian visitor and the items came with a great story. They were collected by the donor’s mother, Helen Lawrie, when…


  • $10m funding commitment towards Rotorua Museum restoration

    Monday, 17 December 2018

    Rotorua Trust has agreed to commit $10 million towards the rebuild of the Rotorua Museum, with Trustees unanimously agreeing that the rebuilding and reopening of the Museum is a key priority for the Rotorua community at this time. “The Museum/Bath House is seen as a symbol of our community and…


  • International Volunteers Day

    Wednesday, 5 December 2018

    The 5th of December is Volunteers Day and we would like to mark the occasion by recognising a 3-year project recently completed by some of our Museum’s volunteers. Although the Museum has been closed, the work of the Collections team continues much as normal at the store which houses the…


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