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The iconic Bath House building, previously home to Rotorua Museum, is a significant building for our community and country. In 2016 damage from the Kaikōura earthquake meant the building needed to be closed. Extensive building and ground investigation has been carried out and detailed design completed.

In August 2023, following a community consultation, Rotorua Lakes Council elected members voted in favour of proceeding with the strengthening and re-opening of Rotorua Museum, subject to certain conditions being met, aimed at minimising financial risk. For more information on this decision click here

Museum Services Update: With the Museum redevelopment now confirmed, the Museum team is focused on reopening the Museum as soon as possible. As a result, many of our Museum team resources are now redirected into researching and developing the new exhibitions, and preparing the required collection items for display. Click here for more information.

Rotorua Museum at Dawn. Photograph by Adrian Hodge
Rotorua Museum in spring. Fullframe Photography

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