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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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Bunbury, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Great place to start your Rotorua stay. Just for the archetecture if nothing else! The display about the eruption of Tarawera was very informative andd set the scene for going to the buried village and flight over Tarawera.

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Cambridge
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We visited at Easter weekend with a small child. The weather was wet and the museum was the best place to be. Our daughter loved doing the Easter egg hunt, which covered the whole museum so we saw everything. I thought the history of the baths exhibition was fascinating and the exhibition on the Te Arawa people informative. You can... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went to the museum because it was just one of things that people do. However, at the end of it, we decided that it was well worth the trip and really glad that we went there! The most interesting thing there was the basement, where one is able to still see all the weird and wonderful contraptions and apparatus... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Weather was a bit damp, but turned out to be a good thing to do wet or dry. Did the Easter egg hunt which the kids really enjoyed....

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Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We got to the museum at about 4pm and joined a quick guided tour of the Maori exhibit. It was fascinating, and I loved hearing more about the eruption of Mount Tarawera and the Te Arawa people. We also saw the film on the eruption which was pretty incredible! As we had arrived so late in the day, the staff... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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314 reviews 314 reviews
101 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

A good hour spent here with excellent show with simulated rocking of volcano eruption. There is minimal Maori exhibits. Visit the underground bath exhibits, well worth it. There is a small old screening of how the baths were back in the day. Then walk up to roof to see view, it is worth it.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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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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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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