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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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  • Average9%
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Oruawhata Drive | Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-350 1814
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 13 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 9 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 9 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 8 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
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I didn't go into the museum but this is a beautiful building from the exterior and worth a walk round the gardens if you have at least 15mins to spare on a nice day.

Thank Emma H
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

A very educational museum about a super exciting culture that differs from other cultures. A lot to see and we also saw a highly appreciated dance show with Maorier. Very nice museum! //Mats Samaras, Stockholm, Sweden

Thank MatsSamaras
Reviewed 26 June 2017

C ( 2013 ) This museum was not big, but very beautiful. When visit some area, must visit local museum for knowing about there's culture, I think. Good museum.

Thank HanJuyoung
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately, due to the November 2016 earthquake, the museum was being renovated, so I did not get to see the interior of the building, but it has such a gorgeous exterior. From its apex to the detailing of its windows and color, I am sure...More

Thank telesiaa
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We went there last week, but unfortunately the museum is closed for repair and restoration work. Reconfirm status before you plan your day three. It is surrounded by garden area therefore one can spend some time there.

Thank AmitChheda
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