The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is housed in the old Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. The museum opened in 1969 in the south wing of the old building followed by the Art Gallery in the norht wing in 1977. They combined in 1988.
The building was once a Spa - using mineral baths and mud to treat the ills of people worldwide. It was opened in 1908 and is built in the mock Tudor style enjoyed in the Victorian era. Part of the old baths in the north wing is restored and on display.
The bottom floor of the museum is dedicated to a Mâori history museum. Most exhibits do not allow photography as there are peoples faces and representations of people. I was able to get some pictures of the war canoe made of perspex by the Weta Workshops of Lord of the Rings fame.
The exhibitions in the north wing change on a regular basis. I saw a display of international ballet costumes - quite beautiful.
The museum was not really on Sarah and I's initial agenda, but thanks to a little help from mother nature, our outside activities on the schedule were delayed. As we looked through our tour guides, it pointed us to the Rotorua Museum, and it was definitely worth the time.
The museum is broken into several different wings, each with its own interesting look into the city and the cultures that have called it home.
The first wing we visited showed us how the Maori culture has grown and shrunk over the years based on war, volcanoes, and the European influence.
A second wing shows the original use of the building, as a thermal therapy center and bathhouse, with access to the basement and the inner workings of how the therapy worked in those days.
The other wings included information on the 28th Maori Battalion and the art of the Rotorua area.
I would definitely recommend this museum for all history buffs.
Museum is always an interesting place to visit and learn about the history of people, place, and culture.
The Rotorua museum is located in the Bath House building, which is very unique and wonderful. And the park around the Bath House is very nice.
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This beautiful old building was originally built as a government owned bath-house for tourists in the days when spas were fashionable. It today houses the Rotorua Museum and is surrounded by Government Gardens.
The museum is a beautiful old building located within the government gardens. The Polynesian Spa is located very close by. The museum building itself is the old bathhouse and is a fantastic photo opportunity in itself. Inside the museum offers plenty of information on the history of Rotorua and the volcanic region it is built on.
This building is the original Rotorua Bathouse, which in the early 1900's was a very special place for therapeutic spas, using the power of the geothermal, of course. Also the famous mud of Rotorua was also used in the therapies.
Now the Bathouse is a museum, and you can see how it used to be, plus some rooms of art and other exhibits.
Well worth a visit, and the outside of the building is especially pleasing to the eye.
Visitors take a step back in time, wandering past immaculate bowling greens and approaching the building known as the Bath-House by a gently rising carriage road. Thermal springs that once fed the spa are observable.
Enjoy lively commentary from the team of informative guides. Twice daily tours commence in the reception foyer area at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The volunteer guides who help make a museum visit interesting, instructive and entertaining.
No additional charge for this service.
Rotorua Museum is pretty, with Tudor architecture style. It is here that we could learned about Maori culture and Rotorua's history.
The same complex also houses Rachel Springs and Blue House spa.
Like any other city or town Rotorua also have a small museum. You can see all the historical stuff there.