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Rotorua Museum

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Address: Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-349 4350
Fee: Yes
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Great for a rainy day in Rotorua

We were pleasantly surprised. The displays were interesting and interactive. We really enjoyed the movies, especially about the Baths creation & history, which are below the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Gold Coast, Australia
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This could be so much better. The entry cost is high considering the content is not great. We've been to many much better museums.

Thank Arctophile28
Gold Coast, Australia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised. The displays were interesting and interactive. We really enjoyed the movies, especially about the Baths creation & history, which are below the museum. Unfortunately the earthquake down the South Island had compromised the basement structure so we weren't able to go down there this time. I hope they are able to make it secure as there... More 

Thank debappollo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Expensive entry ok displays but not really my highlight of trip needed more exhibits and variety to draw in wide variety of people's interests

Thank Straittford-Miller
Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum telling the story of the Maori people and the local area. Well worth the visit.

Thank scstahl
London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good local museum, full of Rororua's fascinating Maori and then Pakeha history and with a good section on the major earthquake in the region in the 1880s. Quite easy to spend 2 hours or more in the museum

Thank John_from_NM
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent Maori exhibit with a good historical overview. Cafe was good and all staff were very helpful.

Thank KMChicago
Thames, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sad to say folks, the museum is currently CLOSED as being not safe to enter at the moment due to the unfortunate 7.8 earthquake that shook NZ a couple of weeks ago! However, you can still visit the outside of the magnificent wooden building and take a free guided museum grounds walk . .where you can also look at the... More 

Thank Craigbeep
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the gift shop had something for everyone, they also had a cafe with a few light meal choices and plenty of drinks to offer

Thank LyndaPerkins
Alice Springs, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience for all of the family. Well presented exhibits, loved the Rembrandt exhibition and the Maori culture displays.

Thank goodarby
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited to see something of local history and the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition. We have been lucky enough to see quite a few of the Rembrandts in the original. The digital renderings don't match up but are much better than books or prints. Interesting concept and worthwhile.

Thank TukoPomojaAustralia

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