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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 January 27, 2016

Interesting Maori history, and details about the thermal springs. A must do is the short film shown in their little cinema

Thank pecabarratt
Reviewed January 26, 2016

Lovely old building and grounds. Well presented history of Maori culture and NZ's past. Had a coffee in the cafe, very nice!!

Reviewed January 25, 2016

Pretty gardens surround this small museum which explains the area's volcanic past and its Maori heritage.

Thank Wendy093
Reviewed January 25, 2016

Lots of interesting things in here. The building is gorgeous as are the surroundings. Value for money. We loved the underground component as well as the roof top component. We are family of 2 adults, an 11 year old and 15 year old. Everyone found...More

Thank misst356
Reviewed January 23, 2016

I had no idea! I stumbled upon this museum (and it's wonderful cafe and gift shop) on a walk. I went back the next day and spent a couple of hours going through the exhibits. It is a great place to learn about Maori Culture...More

Thank yummyrib
Reviewed January 23, 2016

This small but well displayed museum focuses on highlighting Maori culture and history. A great introduction. Don't bother to see the film in the little cinema. The authentic relics are the feature.

Thank Angleseateam
Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

Cost $20 per adult but really interesting. Id reccomond you do the guided tour (included) as you get a great understanding of the history to rotorua and the building. The tour takes about andan hour and the gardens are also beautiful .

Thank arrong504
Reviewed January 22, 2016

We visited the government gardens and museum while staying in rotorua.the gardens are a must and open up as you approach from the town through the old wooden crown shaped gateway from Victorian days ,the gardens have plenty to see and offer great photo opportunities...More

Thank tony n
Reviewed January 21, 2016

A great experience seeing the Maori history and the history of the building. Worth a visit although you do have to pay an entry fee

Thank Brian D
Reviewed January 19, 2016

I like this museum, as there are always new exhibitions, so it's not just same old... We also tend to bring different friends and family to introduce to the usual things! It was interesting to show my mother the exhibit on the Maori alphabet, and...More

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