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This place is temporarily closed due to a natural disaster. 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...more
Oruawhata Drive | Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-350 1814
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The buildings themselves are magnificent, and were once the seat of government, when Rotorua was the capital, not Wellington. However, there was a fairly recent earthquake (November 2016 I think) that has left the building being fully assessed for safety, and any movement related damage....More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Went by to find fencing up and signs stating Museum Closed. Apparently the building suffered some structural damage from an earthquake that occurred some distance away. The building is no longer accessible until this is fixed. It could be quite some time. Double check online...More

2  Thank AUSGR81
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our Garden Club of 19 ladies did a guided tour yesterday with Guides Julie and Heather. They gave us a talk on the history of the Museum and then took us to the garden nurseries and then through the other gardens. Our guides were very...More

Thank Lillyglen7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was hoping it would be opened on this trip down but unfortunately not! No induction on the signage of when it will reopen either. The government gardens are gorgeous to take a walk through and easy walk to or from Poly Spa as well!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Due to Earthquake damage this building is closed with no reaL indication of when it will reopen. You can get photos but they will have the fence in front

Thank turboghostie
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Another overpriced Rotorua "attraction". Nothing in there that's worth seeing for the $20 entrance fee.

Thank AdrianS6036
Reviewed 26 September 2018

While the museum itself is closed for earthquake strengthening, museum guides offer a free tour of the gardens surrounding the building. The tour was informative and interesting.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

It’s closed and been closed for who knows how long? But there are no signs as you enter that the museum is closed only after you walk up to it you’ll see it’s closed for earth quake damage. The grounds were lovely, natural springs every...More

Thank ChelseaHideki
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

The building is closed due to structural issues to do with earthquakes. As a result there is a metal fence around which ruins any photos etc but I completed understand why it's there. Not really worth a visit

Thank ChanD92
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The outside of the building looked absolutely beautiful but unfortunately it is closed due to instability in case of an earthquake. No time indication for when it will reopen. :(

Thank Bazil27
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

We went to Rotorua museum during our trip this time and unfortunately it is closed for structural issues. It was sad to see that it is close but still you can walk around and takes beautiful picture of the museum from outside. We visited museum...More

Thank simon5813
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

There is a sign outside showing that the museum is closed indefinitely. Part of the building is not up to code for earthquakes. For this reason it's close you can walk outside it there is a sign outside showing that the museum is closed and...More

Thank pascale L
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