• Rotorua Museum Art Awards back again this year

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    Rotorua Museum, in association with the Friends of Rotorua Museum, is thrilled to confirm that the Rotorua Museum Art Awards will return again this year. ‘With the Museum still closed for earthquake assessment, we have been working hard to secure a venue for this year’s awards, and we’re delighted to…


  • Almost $27,000 funding available for local arts initiatives

    Friday, 17 February 2017

    Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 6 March 2017. “With nearly $27,000 available for new arts projects in the community, this is a fantastic opportunity for locals with an artistic passion to make their dreams a reality,” says local…


  • Rotorua Museum still hosting thousands of visitors despite closure

    Friday, 20 January 2017

    Rotorua Museum has continued to host thousands of visitors despite having to close its doors to the public on 18 November last year due to the ongoing assessment of its earthquake risk.


  • Da Vinci family fun takes flight

    Thursday, 12 January 2017

    Liam, 5, and his sister Lily Evans, 8, were so excited after seeing the Da Vinci Machines and Robots exhibition they couldn’t wait to build a flying machine of their own at the Da Vinci Does Flight – kids fun day. Their dad, Grant Evans, said he had taken his…


  • Horohopu Tournament to mark successful Museum education programme

    Friday, 9 December 2016

    After the shock closure of Rotorua Museum, which led to the loss of 20 Museum jobs, remaining staff rallied together to deliver a primary schools tournament playing the ancient Māori game, Horohopu. Horohopu is played using poi toa, popularised around the world as fire poi but with a firm and…


  • Damage forces ongoing closure of Rotorua Museum

    Friday, 2 December 2016

    Rotorua’s famed museum will remain closed until at least April 2017 when the results of a detailed seismic assessment are expected to be known. New damage believed to have been caused by the Kaikoura earthquake prompted the 18 November precautionary closure of Rotorua Museum, which is housed in the historic…


  • Rotorua Museum Christmas carols now at Energy Events Centre

    Monday, 28 November 2016

    On Friday 2 December, the Rotorua District Choir will relocate their performance of Goin’ to Bethelehem from Rotorua Museum to the Energy Events Centre, following the closure of the Museum for damage assessment after the Kaikoura earthquake two weeks ago. A decision about the ongoing operation of Rotorua Museum is…


  • Rotorua Museum to remain closed pending initial engineers’ report

    Thursday, 24 November 2016

    A decision about the ongoing operation of Rotorua Museum is likely to be made next week following a report from engineers inspecting damage caused by last week’s earthquake. In the meantime the museum will remained closed. In the interests of public safety the iconic museum in Rotorua’s historic Government Gardens…


  • Museum closed as precaution while earthquake risk assessed

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Rotorua Museum has been closed as a precautionary measure following the appearance of cracks in some parts of the building after this week’s earthquake. “There is no immediate threat but we are erring on the side of caution to ensure the safety of our staff and public isn’t put at…


  • Competition winners flying high with Da Vinci

    Monday, 14 November 2016

    St Mary’s Catholic School have just been announced as winners of the Da Vinci Flying Machines competition allowing them to be the first in the region to view the Da Vinci Machines and Robots exhibition opening next month. Created for students of local primary schools, and organised by Rotorua Museum,…


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