• 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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    Creative Storage Solutions for Beloved Taonga

    Monday, 2 September 2019

    When the Bath House building, home to Rotorua Museum, had to close in November 2016 following the Kaikoura earthquake, immediate steps were taken to ensure the safety of all taonga (treasures) remaining in the building. Following lots of planning the final items were removed in October 2018. While some taonga…

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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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  • Rotorua Museum invites you to write a short story about some of the items from the collection

    Thursday, 8 August 2019

    Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items…

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  • Judge announced for 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards

    Friday, 5 July 2019

    Rotorua Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of highly regarded New Zealand art curator, artist and writer, Leafa Wilson, as judge for the 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards. “Rotorua’s amazing art history stretches back to early Te Arawa artists. I am really excited to be viewing contemporary works made…

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