Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region through our innovative exhibitions and cinema experiences. Learn about the rich Maori culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region.

Whether you have an hour or a day to fill in you will find plenty of things to entertain you at Rotorua Museum. Our innovative exhibitions and entertaining cinema experiences will capture your imagination.

Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region

The stunning Bath House building can be explored from the mud bath basement to the viewing platform on the rooftop.

Regular tours are available with our friendly guides and there are special activities for the kids.

Choose from the links below to find out more.

things-to-see-and-do-1CINEMA EXPERIENCES

Don’t miss the two entertaining cinema experiences that bring the museum’s stories to life. Both cinemas run regularly throughout the day and are included in the admission.
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THE VIEWING PLATFORM

Enjoy panoramic views of the Government Gardens, Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Bay from the Viewing Platform on the rooftop of the building.
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things-to-see-and-do-3TAKING THE CURE GALLERY

The Rotorua Bath House was once known as the Great South Seas Spa. People came from all over the world to indulge in the curative and sometimes bizarre treatments that were administered here.
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TE ARAWA GALLERY

Te Arawa are the original inhabitants of the Rotorua District. Follow their story from the ancient homeland of Hawaiki to modern day Rotorua and view historic treasures entrusted to the Museum by Te Arawa elders.
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things-to-see-and-do-5TARAWERA GALLERY

The eruption of Tarawera Mountain on June 10th 1886 remains one of New Zealand’s worst natural disasters. Learn about Rotorua’s unique geological origins and experience the drama of the eruption and its tragic aftermath.
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things-to-see-and-do-6MAORI BATTALION GALLERY

Share the passion and feel the pride of B Company of 28 Maori Battalion. Be awed by the legendary exploits of this famous battalion and its epic battles in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy during World War II.
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