• 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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  • 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…

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  • Acrylic carved waka, Ng? P?manawa o Te Arawa, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, 2011. David Hamilton Photography

    Rotorua Museum granted $4.1million funding support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council towards exhibition development

    Monday, 28 June 2021

    Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is to receive a $4.1million grant from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council towards the creation of exhibitions for the strengthened and redeveloped facility. The news came as the Regional Council announced $1.86billion investment in the region over the next 10 years…

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  • Heather Kremen with Protected in the Night

    Bay of Plenty artists given the opportunity to show their work in exhibition

    Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    The Friends of Rotorua Museum in partnership with Lockwood are delighted to offer local artists the opportunity to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition this year. Friends of Rotorua Museum committee member, Jo-Anne La Grouw, notes that “with COVID-19 restrictions and the Rotorua Museum closure,…

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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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