• 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…

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  • 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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  • Judge announced for 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards

    Friday, 5 July 2019

    Rotorua Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of highly regarded New Zealand art curator, artist and writer, Leafa Wilson, as judge for the 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards. “Rotorua’s amazing art history stretches back to early Te Arawa artists. I am really excited to be viewing contemporary works made…

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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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  • Progress on talks to secure Central Government funding for Rotorua

    Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says discussions with senior ministers to secure Central Government funding for the strengthening and restoration of the city’s iconic museum are progressing well. “I am working closely with senior ministers and am heartened by the discussions we’ve had to date to secure Government funding for our…

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