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Rotorua Museum

Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 349 4350
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Ranked #12 of 43 attractions in Rotorua
Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Extremely interesting Maori history section that is a permanent exhibit. A lot else to see as well but we didn't have time for all. A nice cafe with out door seating as well

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Mortlake, Victoria, Australia
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183 reviews 183 reviews
80 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

we really enjoyed our visit to the Museum. We visited with a school group and the students (aged 11 - 15) really enjoyed the wander though the various exhibits and rooms. There is a fair bit from the history of the area, featuring the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. There is also exhibits featuring the Maori history of the region.... More

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Sydney
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I was really looking forward to visiting this museum but was disappointed especially as there was a cost involved.. The building itself is magnificent and majestic. The museum itself is basically about the health spa it used to be. I suppose I expected more displays. The film of the volcanic eruption was great and very interactive with moving seats.

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RotoruaMuseumAdmin, Manager at Rotorua Museum, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review Rotorua Museum. There are all sorts of reasons why we have to charge people to visit the Museum, including helping us to pay for the substantial repairs and maintenance bill that goes with us being housed is this beautiful old building. Rotorua residents pay for a big chunk of this through... More

Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Very good place to visit and get to know the local history. The building itself is an amazing object, and roof top viewing platform is a place to start. Good to take the guided tour and also to see the movie.

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Durango, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The collection on Maori art and history was fantastic. I don't know if this is a permanent collection, but I enjoyed it more than the "main attraction" involving the history of mud and thermal cures of the early 1900s.

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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. Our guide explained the prior uses of the facility, and may exhibits were well thought out.

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Echuca, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very interesting to understand the history of ways to use the healing muds of Rotorua and treatment of returned soldiers. Great section on the 1960's use of venue.

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Originally housed the baths and there is much to see from these days. This is an extensive museum with much to see. It is a most attractive building externally. The cinema gives a short film on the Mount Terewara eruption in graphic detail. Hang on to your seats! Well worth climbing up to the roof for the views

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London
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80 reviews 80 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We saw the excellent film and experience on the earthquake whilst waiting for the guided tour to start. We met the guide who explained that she would be using a microphone and earpiece system as she had a quiet voice! As a hearing aid user this was not an option for me. Why on earth she needed this system for... More

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RotoruaMuseumAdmin, Manager at Rotorua Museum, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for taking the time to post your review for Rotorua Museum. I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience with us, and particularly that you felt our staff didn't assist you as they should. We have shared your feedback with our staff to ensure this doesn't happen in the future. We use the audio guides partly... More

Upper Hutt
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I would link the Museum and the Gardens under the same visit so check out reviews under both attractions. The museum is a must and use of a guide a must. Housed in an iconic Tudor style building that was once the Blue Baths. A treasure of a building that is now the home to a lovely range of Maori... More

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