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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 1 week ago

The best place to visit ,,Tulip Festival Oct 2017, Heaven on Earth !! Visit the festival asap and enjoy the flowers. Have excellent food nearby ...

Thank kerrykerryoz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is now closed due to earthquake risk. One day it may reopen but in the mean time an unsightly temporary fence has been erected around a beautiful heritage building. I think they could do better. It deserves more.

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum documenting local history, not bad if you want some history surrounding Rotorua. Surrounded by government gardens and polonesin springs

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

The historical records and artifacts of the early health spa days are fascinating. We also find the short film on the pink and white terraces well done.

Thank kbwsuper
Reviewed 25 August 2017

When visited on mid August 2017, this museum is temporarily closed because of earthquake damage effects in last 2016. Do not know when it will open again.

Thank santo t
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I love this museum, the history of the building and even the new renovations. The building is very Victorian, great statues throughout and informative information. The little theatre telling the story of the Tarawera eruption is always fun.

Thank Vance W
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is no longer open to the public which is truely sad but it is still very easy to enjoy even from the outside. There are free tours around the museum and gardens now. Great place for a picnic and or walk.

Thank ericapetersgalatea
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Because of an earthquake you cannot go inside the actual museum but just looking from the outside is so beautiful. In the morning the sun rises from behind the museum giving it an amazing natural light. In the evening they light it up with different...More

Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Good fun and educational. Beautiful views from the museum well worth visit. Little pricey but if your willing to spend then it's worth it at least once

Thank Priscilla S
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This building is just gorgeous but was all blocked off after earthquake damage mid 2016. We took a guided walk around the park which was conducted by a lovely female volunteer. It was a rainy drizzly day too. She told us all about the history...More

Thank Robin P
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