The Rotorua Museum has seen a rich history since its opening in 1908. Once a bath house providing therapeutic treatments to visitors from all reaches of the globe, then in more recent times, a museum showcasing the town’s treasured taonga and history.

Since being deemed unsafe to enter in late 2016 due to earthquake risk, its future has been considered carefully. Plans are being drawn up and its design approach cosidered based on its age and significance.
1st March 2019 saw a substantial milestone being reached with resource consent being issued for its strengthening and rebuild.

Being such an iconic building, its design and reconstruction approach has taken considerable time with multiple parties being consulted and engaged.

Rotorua Lakes Council has agreed to contribute $15 million towards the strengthening as well as $10 million from the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. This will be supplemented by ongoing fundraising from multiple parties.

For up to date information on the rebuild, head to the Rotorua Museum website

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Image credit: Rotorua Museum in spring, Fullframe Photography,