• $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…


  • Crated Te Rangitakaroro being loaded at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, 2018.

    Rotorua Museum prepares for construction phase with removal of taonga into safe storage

    Thursday, 18 October 2018

    In readiness for the construction phase of Rotorua Museum, due to get underway mid next year, the remaining 25 taonga (treasures) have been safely removed from the Bath House building into specialised storage facilities. These artefacts were located in the newer southern end of the Museum, the Don Stafford Wing,…


  • Architect appointed for restoration and development of Rotorua Museum

    Thursday, 27 September 2018

      DPA Architects, with previous experience refurbishing Rotorua Museum, has been appointed to carry out the design work for the restoration of the heritage Bath House building, with help from local firm, Carling Architects. Rotorua Lakes Council’s Arts and Culture manager, Stewart Brown, says restoration work is due to get…


  • The Dark Arts 2018 - Executioner. Photo by Natascha Hartzuiker

    Successful Nightmare at the Museum raises $2,000 for charity

    Monday, 17 September 2018

    More than 300 people were brave enough to walk The Dark Arts horror walk over two nights of orchestrated terror to raise money for charity. This year’s chosen charity also played host to the event, with the Rotorua Arts Village Trust receiving $2,000. The Arts Village director, Mary-Beth Acres, says…


  • Rotorua Museum – A complex process

    Monday, 13 August 2018

    Roof tiles have been a hot topic amongst the team working alongside Heritage New Zealand on the upcoming restoration of Rotorua Museum. The need to maintain the heritage integrity of the building means every aspect of the work to be undertaken must be carefully considered. It is coming up to…


  • Centennial Trust presents $200k towards Museum strengthening

    Wednesday, 4 July 2018

    Rotorua Museum Centennial Trust presented $200,000 to Rotorua Lakes Council towards the seismic strengthening of Rotorua Museum. The contribution was presented to the Council during last week’s (Thursday 28 June) Full Council meeting by Rotorua Museum Centennial Trust Chairman, Lyall Thurston. He says the decision to make the donation was…


  • Nightmare at the Museum 2016, makeup volunteers prepare actors. Mark Coker Photography

    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…


  • Te Arawa Memorial restoration on track

    Thursday, 26 April 2018

    The restoration of the Te Arawa War Memorial is on track to be completed in time for Armistice Day, 11 November 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Originally erected by the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, the monument has been located in the Government…


  • Rotorua Museum hosts talk by Sir Wira Gardiner KNZM

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Former professional soldier and celebrated war historian Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sir Wira Gardiner KNZM will share his war stories with Rotorua locals on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 5pm. Hosted by Rotorua Museum, the free talk will explore the fierce World War Two battle at Takrouna, North Africa and will…


  • Another award on offer for Rotorua Museum’s volunteer guides

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018

    The Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides will join New Zealand’s best volunteer organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards taking place in Queenstown next week (13-15 April 2018). The group are representing Rotorua Lakes at the prestigious awards – an honour they won after being named Supreme…


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