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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, 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, New Zealand
+64 3-477 5052
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Reviewed yesterday

The museum is a great visit while in Dunedin, especially if the weather is bad. You will find well maintained and informative exhibits. The museum is set up in a progression starting with the early days of Aotearoa through the modern computer age. A lot...More

Thank Flowerprof
Reviewed 4 days ago

We only and an hour for this visit and it's a shame as we could easily have spent another hour or two. It's a well-designed and laid out set of exhibits covering all of the Dunedin area's history, the good and bad. Rich in cultural...More

Thank kiwieric
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the 20th Century display though it was very disconcerting to see our lives in a museum.... didnt realise we were old enough for that to happen to us! The interactive portrait gallery was brilliant too - always wanted to know more about the people...More

Thank LauderSchoolBandB
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the 3rd time to visit. Great place for families to go. plenty to do, staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. if you are peckish a nice cafe just inside that you can visit without going into the museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wide variety of exhibits to view, lots videos to learn more about some items. Well worth a visit. Good rainy day activity for the family.

Thank Bomber13
Reviewed 1 week ago

a really interesting museum, with great layout and exhibits, telling the story of Dundedin. Definitely should be on your 'to do' list for Dundein. Don't miss the portrait gallery of the first settlers.

Thank Rob R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend Lai Feng is from China we went here to teach her more about Dunedin Heritage & NZ she loved it. I personally love the recent renovation too. 10/10

Thank MichelleCaseyDee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good museum, like open the history book of the early settlers of Dunedin and Otago area. Plenty of unique and special exhibits, from old boat, medical tools, farming tools, weapons, trams, bicycles, motor cycles, cars and caravan trailer, petrol pump, to bus and truck....More

Thank santo t
DCCMarketing, Public Relations Manager at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting us and we're glad you enjoyed your stay in Dunedin. We're just five minutes walk from the Octagon so not too far :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Dunedin, do not miss this wonderful museum. A lot of history and culture packed in an entertaining way. We spent two hours there. This is a must-see.

Thank FrenchTraveller2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was a few moans when we told our boys what the afternoon activity would be having been to a museum in the morning but this certainly with worthy of the recommendation we were given to visit it. The entrance way is fulled walled in...More

Thank Catherine K
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