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Rotorua Museum

Oruawhata Drive | Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-350 1814
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Rotorua Museum is currently closed for earthquake strengthening. In the meantime Rotorua Museum is running a limited programme of exhibitions, events and education programmes in other venues around Rotorua. We also run free twice-daily tours (11am & 2pm) in Government Gardens - including the history of the buildings, battles and historical sites around the gardens, the sculpture trail, and the ongoing programme that has seen the release of several endangered New Zealand falcons into the gardens. Please visit www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz for latest information including status updates, tour details and our current programme of events, exhibitions and education.
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Oruawhata Drive | Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-350 1814
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

We visited here as it was torrential rain for most of our stay in Rotorua. This is a very interesting museum. It is located in the Bath House building that opened in 1908 and you can see the old baths and plaques on the wall...More

Thank Carol M
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Another 'must' if you visit Rotorua. The history of the city is unique. The museum has the lot - including a first class restaurant. There is plenty of parking - and beautiful gardens.

Thank chiliwilinz
Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Rotorua Museum is built in Elizabethan style. It was once a spa and hotel, and finally became a museum. The exhibits are fasinating, showing he history of the Rotorua district. Don't miss the doco on Rotorua's Maori soldders, who served gallantly in World War...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed May 17, 2016

I had a free two hours so I went to this Museum from 3 to 5 pm on a Saturday afternoon. I wasn't informed about the use of a Guide. There was one there with some american tourists but I couldn't interrupt her while she...More

Thank RogerandGrace
Reviewed May 17, 2016

Tjis is an amazing Museum. Very frimly directed at local culture but fantastic to see. Also running Maori All Black and first and second world war vets. Just amzing well done.

Thank Gloria T
Reviewed May 12, 2016

Great place to visit with kids. Popped in one afternoon and everything there was very helpful even the staff.

3  Thank sammyk_NZ
Reviewed May 11, 2016

We dropped in when we first arrived in Rotorua and spent all afternoon there. The free guided tour was excellent and included a tour of the old bath house rooms, and then we had time to go back and look at the display in detail....More

Thank 247Rose
Reviewed May 11, 2016

The museum is located in the Bath House building that opened in 1908. This Bath House was the first foray by New Zealand Government into tourism. Great story of the volcanic eruption in 1886. We started with the video of the history of Rotorua. We...More

2  Thank Retired_Miami
Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

During my stay, I was going from North to south. So this was the first museum of my trip and I thought "Awwn it is pretty good for the price and worth it", especially for the war history. Then I got to Wellington after Rotorua,...More

Thank Sumonlatt
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building, good exhibits - very informative on the history of surrounding area and value for money - found it a good way to start our visit to the area. Location is great with lots of parking, entry cost is reasonable and staff very helpful.

Thank Abigail S
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