• Rotorua Museum to remain closed following detailed assessment

    Friday, 7 July 2017

    A comprehensive assessment of Rotorua Museum has shown it falls well below earthquake safety standards and will need to remain closed for the foreseeable future. The good news is that it can be fixed. How that happens, how long it will take and how much it will cost now needs…

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  • The Season’s Greetings – Christmas Cards, Postcards and Archie & Ruby

    Monday, 9 December 2019

    Do you still send Christmas cards in the post? Or do you send a mass Christmas greeting to all of your friends on social media? I have to admit that I don’t do either. I used to send cards and letters to one or two pen pals when I was…

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  • Norma Evans’ bottom drawer

    Monday, 4 November 2019

    Bottom drawer – a young woman’s collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage [1] Through 21st century eyes this seems like a quaint and old fashioned practice but in the mid-20th century, life was different and this type of collecting made very practical sense. Gathering items for…

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  • Iwi Le Comte wins $10,000 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award

    Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Iwi Le Comte has won, ahead of 187 other entries, this year’s $10,000 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award with his work Te Ipukarea. The Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award went to Heather Kremen for her work Protected in the Night, Bree Straker received the very first ever Lockwood Youth…

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  • Stewart Brown provides an update on the Rotorua Museum Project

    Monday, 21 October 2019

    Rotorua Lakes Council Arts & Culture Manager, Stewart Brown, give his monthly update on the Rotorua Museum strengthening and redevelopment project. He talks about the current contractor tender, recruiting for a Museum Director and the upcoming Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019.

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  • Space-Saving Art Racks for Rotorua Museum Art Collection

    Monday, 14 October 2019

    Rotorua Museum cares for more than 2700 pieces of fine art, 420 of which need to be safely stored in specialist art racks. Following the closure of Rotorua Museum for earthquake strengthening (November 2016) the already full fine arts section of the offsite storage building was stretched to capacity as…

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  • Rotorua Museum Art Awards entries close soon

    Friday, 20 September 2019

    With the deadline fast approaching, Bay of Plenty artists need to get their entries in soon to be in to win part of the $14,000 prize pool in the 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards. Entries close on 30 September at 5pm with artworks to be delivered on 6 or 7…

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  • The History of the Rotorua Museum Art Awards

    Thursday, 22 August 2019

    The Rotorua Art Awards as we know them were started by the Friends of the Rotorua Art Gallery in 1983. Before this there had been an annual exhibition award that was run by the Rotorua Society of Arts. The Arts Society evolved from a sketching group which was set up…

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  • The first 50 years of the Rotorua Bath House

    Thursday, 15 August 2019

    As the Museum moves into the next phase of its journey we look back at this unique building, its chequered history and how it came to be one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand. On Tuesday 13 August 2019 at 5.30pm local history enthusiast and experienced Museum guide,…

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  • Mayor Chadwick says PGF funding for Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance

    Tuesday, 13 August 2019

    Government funding of $20m towards re-opening Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance and reinforces Rotorua’s direction and progress, Mayor Steve Chadwick says. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones came to Rotorua today [Tuesday 13 August] to announce $15 million in funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth…

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