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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

31 Queens Garden, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 5052
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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s first great city.Its fourteen themed galleries feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals.Captivating exhibitions are complemented by an on site shop and café. A well-equipped research centre and archive is available for those interested in genealogy and other aspects of local history.
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31 Queens Garden, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 5052
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We are not the museum persons but spent 2 hours there. It tells a lot of interesting and engaging stories about the early settlers from England and Scotland. We had to run out in the middle of the visit to put more money for car...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This is a modern museum as it should be. Interesting, seducing: You want to know more about what you've seen and you have a lot to discuss with your friends and family. Teaching at its best.

Reviewed 6 January 2017

It has a nice architecture and great collection. Definitely worth the visit when you are at Dunedin.

Thank AloysiusMD
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Our rellies from England were all most impressed with Toitu Museum - something of interest for everyone. The mother remembered going to work on the bus when she lived here. The kids loved dressing up in the clothes provided in the kids activity area and...More

Thank Shona B
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had only a couple of hours available and it wasn't enough time sadly. The museum covers the whole human history of Otago from the arrival of the Maoris to the coming of the white man. It was amazing how many Scots emigrated to Otago...More

Thank Peter_and_Sheila
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This museum continues my excellent experience with New Zealand museums. They just continue to hit the mark. Plenty of easy to read information. You do not need to be a New Zealander to enjoy this museum.

Thank Estaban57
Reviewed 4 January 2017

A great range of exhibits from early settlers and shipping conditions through to cars and bikes from 20th C.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Not really researching the Otago Settlers Museum before going, we did not know what to expect, but were blown away with the experience. The Museum is well designed and takes you through a timeline of the region's history through to the present, without being overly...More

Thank gregwatt
Reviewed 2 January 2017

This museum is located next to the historic railway station and the Chinese Garden. It is a lovely new building that is handicap accessible. There are so many displays! The displays start with information about the native population, the Maori, and then moves thru time...More

Thank Exploremore08
Reviewed 2 January 2017

As a rainy day activity, we visited Toitu to show my partner one of the main museums in Dunedin. This is the first time visiting the museum since the significant renovations undertaken a few years ago. The new foyer is lovely and open, and would...More

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