• Souvenir ware plate ‘Eruption of the White Terrace’

    Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    The Rotorua Museum has what we think is the biggest collection of souvenir ware in museums in New Zealand. Most of the pieces were made in the 1900s and have scenes like the Bath House, Sanatorium, Prince’s Gate, Ohinemutu, or Whakarewarewa. This plate is unusual in that is shows an…

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  • Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

    Monday, 11 January 2021

    .-. — – — .-. ..- .- — ..- … . ..- — (Rotorua Museum) Ever thought about what it might be like to convey important information to someone in another town, city or country without your computer, tablet, phone, or mobile phone? Back in the days of the Tarawera…

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  • What was hidden in the strong room?

    Friday, 25 September 2020

    Did you know there was a secret trap door in one of the Museum offices that lead down a ladder to a strong room? A specialist archival conservator visited the Museum recently to help preserve any documents found in this hidden strong room. They found ledger pages and business letters.…

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  • Boy Scouts and Girl Peace Scouts march at Bath House Building

    International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020

    Monday, 21 September 2020

    The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. “This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown…

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  • Ask A Curator Day

    Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Ask a Curator spans the globe with cultural and heritage organisations answering questions from members of the public. Natascha Hartzuiker Rotorua Museum Collection Curator – Fine Arts and Photography Who is your favourite person in history? Guide Rangi. I never met her but after reading her biography I think she…

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  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Fun Quizzes

    Monday, 14 September 2020

    This week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – our team at Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (Rotorua Museum) are speaking as much te reo Māori as possible. We put together two Rotorua-themed quizzes that might help you to add a few new Māori words or names to…

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  • Bath Removal

    Bath Removal Stage Two – Heritage baths safely in storage

    Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    One lone bather remained in the Bath House building after Rotorua Museum closed in 2016 for earthquake strengthening and redevelopment. This slightly shocked gentleman, together with heritage baths and several other original bathing features, has recently been moved into storage from the Mudbath Basement to prepare for the foundation works…

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  • Nostalgic Toys and Games

    Monday, 13 July 2020

    In the spirit of getting some of our collection “out there”, we thought it may be a bit of fun to discover a little bite size portion at a time by looking for slightly curated items by location within our storage facility. A touch of reminiscing for a certain age…

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  • One woman’s legacy – the amazing Norma Evans Clothing Collection

    Monday, 8 June 2020

    The Norma and Bob Evans Family Clothing Collection spans a period from about 1910 to the 1980s and consists of about 2000 items. It is a rich resource for researchers into the social history and technology behind clothes and clothing in the 20th century. The collection includes clothes that had…

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  • Somerset Playne

    Somerset Playne, adventurer and author

    Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Going through the archives researching the early years of the Rotorua Museum, I came across an offer of a number of “stuffed and mounted heads” for the collection. It was 1942 and the offer came from Somerset Playne; the offer was turned down due to space. The list of animals…

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