Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Rustic1997
    London, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Amazing museum - we could have stayed here all day!
    We left it too large in the day to visit so we had to rush our visit. We really could have spent much longer here. The cafe was also excellent, good quality coffee at a reasonable price.;
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Stephen M
    41 contributions
    The best local museum that I have ever seen
    I came here 8 years ago and am just as enthused as I was then, It is a fabulous museum about the history and people of the local region. I am again totally surprised at how large and how good it was. It is a credit to all those involved in the creation and maintenance of this most interesting place. It is very close to the heritage Railway station and some interesting shops and cafes nearby.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii169 contributions
    interesting museum to spend an hour or 2
    Interesting museum and that fact at it was free was just fabulous. I loved all of the early 1900.s vehicles The toys and household appliances were cool to look at. the gift shop has some wonderful gifts for sale.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • H&P
    Manchester, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Interesting and well laid out.
    Very interesting and well organised museum. We found it easy to follow the story of Dunedin as the rooms are chronological and nicely spaced. It’s free to enter but definitely worth a donation. A good attraction in its own right but perfect when it’s stormy and wet.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • afong138
    Sydney, Australia297 contributions
    A beautiful Museum to visit
    A very well presented museum to visit. Very detailed on the history of early settlement & clear interpretations. There is a gift shop & cafe on site. Walking distance from town center & best of all it is free entry.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio695 contributions
    This is The Thing Dunedin
    This is the thing to see in Dunedin . Another thing the museum shows a whole history of city 🌃 of Dunedin. Also I like 👍 looking at the exhibit of the original setters in the region. Lastly, I love 💕 looking the exhibit of the Scottish who came to this city.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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Marzy661
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Allow yourself a day here. We were there for 2 hours and it was not nearly enough. But we had a schedule. The displays were set out in a fashion that made understanding an adventure. Static displays come to life with the digitized screens for more information. Loved the photo room.
Written 17 February 2024
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jtwoodfield
London, UK216 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you are in Dunedin then I have no hesitation in arguing that this museum is a must visit.
Brilliantly laid out. Highly informative. Just ignore the excessive PC use of moari which is not necessary and grates by getting in the way.
After 1.5 hours we had only covered half. So need to return.
Which we can do easily, as it is free. However, we made a donation and I would hope that every visitor with a social conscience would do the same.
Written 15 February 2024
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Jeroen-Melissa v
Napier, New Zealand9 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great layout. Modern building. As the name suggests a lot of history of the early settlers. Some maori history but not as in depth.
Written 6 February 2024
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london057
Dublin, OH695 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This is the thing to see in Dunedin . Another thing the museum shows a whole history of city 🌃 of Dunedin. Also I like 👍 looking at the exhibit of the original setters in the region. Lastly, I love 💕 looking the exhibit of the Scottish who came to this city.
Written 22 January 2024
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afong138
Sydney, Australia297 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
A very well presented museum to visit. Very detailed on the history of early
settlement & clear interpretations. There is a gift shop & cafe on site.
Walking distance from town center & best of all it is free entry.
Written 18 January 2024
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Mariska N
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Ordered a cheese roll and spinach feta quiche. We waited for 20 minutes while watching others who arrived after us get served. We asked the waitress where our order was, and she said she would check. 5 minutes later, she came back to ask us what we ordered! When the cheese roll finally arrived, after a further 10 minutes, while they continued to deliver food to other customers, it was semi warm and undercooked and cheese was not melted. Wouldn't come here again. Very disappointing cafe service and is not worth what you pay.
Written 28 December 2023
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H&P
Manchester, UK24 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and well organised museum. We found it easy to follow the story of Dunedin as the rooms are chronological and nicely spaced.

It’s free to enter but definitely worth a donation.

A good attraction in its own right but perfect when it’s stormy and wet.
Written 4 November 2023
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happykoabug
Honolulu, HI169 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Interesting museum and that fact at it was free was just fabulous. I loved all of the early 1900.s vehicles The toys and household appliances were cool to look at. the gift shop has some wonderful gifts for sale.
Written 5 July 2023
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Phil R
Hamilton, New Zealand162 contributions
May 2023
Like all museum there is always soemething to learn. Unfortunately some parts were closed but as it was free entry didn't matter. Must be getting old as there were household items I remember as a kid
Written 1 June 2023
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Jan Sila
11 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great exhibitions, good balance between interactive and static parts, we actually came twice in two days. Pounamu at entrance is super cool!
Written 28 April 2023
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