The earthquake on 14 November 2016 caused significant damage to the central part of the Bath House building in which Rotorua Museum is housed.

The decision was made to close the Museum to the public until at least April 2017, pending further investigation.

Exhibitions, Events and Education programmes scheduled during this time have moved to alternative locations.

Rotorua Museum is also running free daily tours of Government Gardens at 11am and 2pm – taking in the buildings, battles and historic places of these magnificent grounds. Meet at the front of the Museum.

Where great stories begin! Rotorua Museum is a must-see international visitor experience. Here you can discover the region’s rich Māori culture, volatile volcanic landscape and dramatic history. This all vividly comes to life through a variety of stunning multi-media exhibitions. 

Innovative displays, fascinating cinema experiences and informative guided tours help you discover the amazing stories of this unique region. The museum also features five changing galleries and a varied programme of art exhibitions, events, and touring shows, ensuring there is always something new to see.

Centrally located in the iconic Bath House building, Rotorua Museum can be explored from basement to rooftop, with fantastic views of the city and lake. Don't miss Ngā Pūmanawa o Te Arawa - The Beating Hearts of Te Arawa – an exhibition that takes you deep into the world of Te Arawa, the indigenous people of the area, and follows their journey from origins across the Pacific to their lives in Rotorua today.

Your admission includes entry to all permanent and changing exhibitions, two cinema experiences, the viewing platform and scheduled guided tours. For more information about the current and upcoming range of exhibits visit

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2000 Best Culture and Heritage Attraction & Tourism Innovator
2001 Best Heritage Attraction
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