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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

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61 Royal Tce, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

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An unrivalled tour package! Visit the stunning Larnach Castle, travel the beautiful roads of the Otago Peninsula and join special Monarch Wildlife Cruise. <br><br>Enjoy a 90 minute tour of Larnach Castle and it's beautiful grounds. Hear the scandalous story of early settler William Larnach and his family. Explore the beautifully restored castle, with it's original antique furniture and impressive craftsmanship throughout. Time is allowed for exploring the gardens or a quick snack from the ballroom cafe.<br><br>You'll then continue along the Otago Peninsula and your guide will give an interactive commentary along the way.<br><br>Hop aboard a Wildlife Cruise out through the entrance to the Otago Harbour. Enjoy close viewing of fur seals, royal albatross and other seabirds. Sometimes we spot sea lions, blue penguins &amp; dusky or hectors dolphins.
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Robin wrote a review 18 Jan
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Finding this small museum of skeletons, curios and art in an old Dunedin villa is like being given a key to the city's hidden depths. The first clue that you have arrived are the paintings on the low level wall between the tall garden which shades the house, and the pavement. Curated cabinets of skulls harking back to the days of the great 19th century natural history galleries is central to the museum's collection, with numerous species being displayed, each with a story to tell. Descriptions accompanying each artifact slide between scientific and narrative, stepping out of the realm of a traditional museum and into a shift sideways. Political activism and the effect of humans on the planet are undercurrents, with galleries displaying bone art and masks, the tell-tale sign of Toothfish. I was lucky enough to catch the curator and artist for a coffee, where we discussed political stunts, great pacific navigators, and flesh eating bugs whilst basking in late afternoon sun in a deep armchair. My young nephew of three also appreciated the collection, and having never seen the skeleton of a snake before, was given a box to stand up on to properly inspect it. The museum and gallery has enough depth to spend an hour or two delving in, and more if you are lucky enough to catch the curator.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jane wrote a review Dec 2020
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A fascinating, strange and wonderful little museum, a complete delight from start to finish. The weird treasures are eclectic, beautiful, and have been lovingly curated. Absolutely would go again, and again, and again. What a treasure!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Rose H wrote a review Nov 2020
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Absolutely fascinating curiosities, and incredible sculptures/art made by the man that runs the place.. All displayed beautifully, a feast for the eyes (and mind!)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Chad wrote a review Nov 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery is a hidden treasure and great experience, the intricate sculptures were amazing, I’d recommend this place to travellers and locals who have yet to experience this place.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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TarneshaEllery wrote a review Nov 2020
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Really interesting experience. A lot of cool things to look at. Owner is super lovely and happy to tell you about the collection. Would definitely go again.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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