Rotorua Museum of Art & History

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The Rotorua Stories Cinema will take you on an educational adventure, plummeting 13km into the belly of the earth to discover the scientific and mythological answers to Rotorua's volatile landscape. Visit the world famous Pink and White Terraces, encounter great Arawa ancestors and legendary figures, and experience an 'active' portrayal of the eruption of Tarawera Mountain.

Computer generated imagery and surround sound brings Rotorua's fascinating and dramatic past to life and ensures you feel part of the drama.

Runs every 20 minutes from 9.00am until closing.

Available in English, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, French and Maori


B Company Remembers is a moving 30 film that runs as part of the exhibition AKE! AKE! The Story of 28 Maori Battalion.

B Company of 28 Maori Battalion were a battalion of volunteers drawn from Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and Thames-Coromandel. The film follows their story through epic battles in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy during WWII and includes moving interviews with surviving veterans and their families.

Runs every 30 minutes from 9.30am until closing.


The museum is housed in the historic Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. Rotorua Museum opened in the South Wing of the Bath House in 1969 and Rotorua Art Gallery opened in the North wing in 1977. In 1988 the two operations combined to become Rotorua Museum of Art and History.

Rotorua Museum is the guardian of a building holding the highest classification under the New Zealand Historic Places Act. As a storehouse of the community's treasures, the museum is administered by Rotorua District Council and is responsible for several important collections:

Rotorua Museum of Art and History is a department of Rotorua District Council.

Taonga Maori Collection
Significant treasures of the Arawa people, original inhabitants of the Rotorua region.

Fine Arts Collection
Important images of New Zealand, historic and contemporary artworks, sculpture, ceramics and craft.

Photographic Collection
Over 70,000 images depicting Rotorua's rich past.

Social History Collection
Items relating to the Rotorua area since European settlement, including a unique collection of souvenir ware.