Have your say on the future exhibitions at Rotorua Museum

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is hosting an interactive exhibition to find out what the community want to see and experience when the strengthened building opens.

As well as delving into the history of the iconic Bath House building and giving insights into the strengthening project, the exhibition will explain the process for planning an exhibition and invites visitors to share their ideas for the future of our regional museum.

Opening this Saturday (21 August 2021, 10am), He Kākano – The beginnings of our new Whare Taonga will be located at The Arts Village (Hinemaru Street) until 18 September 2021.

“He Kākano represents a great opportunity for our community to share their hopes and dreams for our new exhibitions. We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come and take part,” Museum Director Lizzie Marvelly says.

He Kākano is designed for all ages to take part. Come along and create your own exhibition, tell us your favourite Rotorua story or a share an idea for how to bring our unique history to life.

The Blueprint Brainstorm asks you to write your great ideas onto a post-it note. Is there a particular artwork you would like to see in one of the galleries? Are you hoping that there will be a science and innovation hub for tamariki? Jot it down and stick it up!

Create your own mini-exhibition using fun objects or draw a picture of what you would love to see in your dream Museum.

Use the voting system to share what themes and topics you are interested in. Are you a history buff? An art-lover? Do you enjoy spending time with our amazing Te Arawa taonga? Or are you most fascinated by volcanoes and geysers?

Nau mai, haere mai – every idea is welcome.

He Kākano – The beginnings of our new Whare Taonga will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 August – 18 September 2021. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm

Construction of the Bath House building, home to Rotorua Museum, is likely to begin in 2022 with build time of approximately two years. Following an extensive exhibition engagement programme, it is estimated exhibition installation will take approximately 12 months with Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa expected to open in 2025.


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