The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery
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Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery is a small private museum and gallery based in the home of Dunedin mural artist and sculptor, Bruce Mahalski, and located at 61 Royal Terrace in Dunedin, New Zealand. Spread over three rooms of an old central city villa the museum contains a collection of skulls, bones, biological curiosities, ethnological art and unusual cultural artifacts which the artist has collected over a lifetime. There is also a gallery featuring his own unique bone art and paintings for sale.
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  • Aram Z
    3 contributions
    The Awesome place
    It was the best place that we visited in Dunedin NZ. Alot of info, Nice collection and the owner did really really hard work collecting all the bones, skulls and designing the arts in the place. Really recommend it!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2022
  • Philippa Jamieson
    Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
    Fascinating and eclectic collection
    An experience you won't forget! So much to see here, and there's bound to be something to interest everyone - allow a good hour. This eclectic collection of all sorts of bones, skeletons, desiccated animals, and Bruce Mahalski's unique bone and coral art, is interspersed with vintage kitsch dolls, curios from Seacliff mental asylum, paranormal artefacts and much more. The labels tell the often intriguing or quirky background and origins of each exhibit, and the old Otago Museum display cases are perfect. Bruce also sells some of his art, plus t-shirts, books etc.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 13 January 2023
  • Joanne
    1 contribution
    Amazing, informative experience
    I love how there was a mixture of local and international objects in this museum. Anyone whose interested in art will also enjoy, as there were art works as well. The museum itself is well set out and I love how you have to look high and low at all the items in each room. The collection of skulls were interesting. Definitely worth the visit to anyone who comes to Dunedin or is local to the area.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 January 2023
  • P F
    1 contribution
    Charming, Interesting Creative Oasis Near Town Centre
    Super cool place with a super cool proprietor. Bruce has put a lot of great work into the space, and it's a nice little oasis of creativity and interest near the centre of town. I think you'll come away having learned a couple of notable facts from the local area or abroad as well as having experienced some inspiringly crafted works of unique art. My boys (8 and 11 years old) and I had the place to ourselves and we enjoyed looking at everything on display, and taking a bit more time to look and read more carefully the items that were most interesting to us. And Bruce was able to add detail if we wanted to know more about anything. There's also a nice collection of items for sale near the end that I suspect will vary over time as things sell out and different ones become available.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Roam25693391907
    2 contributions
    Gosh, such a fantastic find!
    Fascinating gem of a museum: natural history / cabinet of curiosities / scientific ossuary / artist’s workshop! Charmingly presented in a victorian villa walking distance from the town center. I enjoyed (and envied) seeing the GIANT isopod, rare exotic mammalian skulls, unique prehistoric subfossils, awesome tribal masks, hilarious paranormal memorabilia and cleverly written provenance labels! The best little museum in the Southern Hemisphere, I recon! Give it an hour and a half
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Billie
    1 contribution
    We all want to get behind the doors of the museum, right?
    As kids, we all want to get behind the doors of the museum, right? Here's your chance. Museum curator, artist, activist and musician Bruce Mahalski has curated a wonderfully quirky, inspired, informative collection, and he's there to guide you through it. It's just like being let loose in the stores of a civic museum—perhaps better. My visit included self-guided time followed by Bruce's own tour of objects, most of which I hadn't properly looked at. He knows the collection inside and out. It was terrific fun. Disclaimer: I contributed some writing to the book about his incredible bone art, which is also on display. I highly recommend checking that out—both the art and the book. The thinking behind his work and the museum is deep and thorough. I highly recommend a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 June 2023
  • traceyfleet2021
    Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
    An interesting museum with a unique collection
    A great museum with an incredible collection. So interesting and our teenage kids also enjoyed reading about all the different artefacts. Bruce is very happy to answer any questions you have. Also impressed with Bruce's own art throughout the museum. Would definitely recommend as somewhere to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Global23173463947
    Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
    Coolest
    Hey this is absolutely the coolest I've ever been in NZ. So many collections not only just bones also other amazing interesting stuff. Bruce was so nice and friendly Talk to us about the collection and how he hunt for bones even some haunted stories. That was a lot of fun there I'll recommend all my friends there. Thank you Bruce! Ming.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 September 2023
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Global23173463947
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
Hey this is absolutely the coolest I've ever been in NZ. So many collections not only just bones also other amazing interesting stuff. Bruce was so nice and friendly Talk to us about the collection and how he hunt for bones even some haunted stories.

That was a lot of fun there I'll recommend all my friends there. Thank you Bruce!

Ming.
Written 22 September 2023
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traceyfleet2021
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A great museum with an incredible collection. So interesting and our teenage kids also enjoyed reading about all the different artefacts. Bruce is very happy to answer any questions you have. Also impressed with Bruce's own art throughout the museum. Would definitely recommend as somewhere to visit.
Written 20 August 2023
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Billie
1 contribution
Dec 2022
As kids, we all want to get behind the doors of the museum, right? Here's your chance. Museum curator, artist, activist and musician Bruce Mahalski has curated a wonderfully quirky, inspired, informative collection, and he's there to guide you through it. It's just like being let loose in the stores of a civic museum—perhaps better. My visit included self-guided time followed by Bruce's own tour of objects, most of which I hadn't properly looked at. He knows the collection inside and out. It was terrific fun. Disclaimer: I contributed some writing to the book about his incredible bone art, which is also on display. I highly recommend checking that out—both the art and the book. The thinking behind his work and the museum is deep and thorough. I highly recommend a visit.
Written 21 June 2023
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Roam25693391907
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Fascinating gem of a museum: natural history / cabinet of curiosities / scientific ossuary / artist’s workshop! Charmingly presented in a victorian villa walking distance from the town center. I enjoyed (and envied) seeing the GIANT isopod, rare exotic mammalian skulls, unique prehistoric subfossils, awesome tribal masks, hilarious paranormal memorabilia and cleverly written provenance labels! The best little museum in the Southern Hemisphere, I recon! Give it an hour and a half
Written 19 June 2023
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Phil R
Hamilton, New Zealand162 contributions
May 2023
Something for everyone, unfortunately didn't have enough time, could spend a couple of hours easily. Some quirky stuff with really good explanatory notes. Defintely worth a visit
Written 1 June 2023
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Getaway65855480558
1 contribution
May 2023 • Friends
Me and my friend from Sweden did a visit here the 5th, lovely place with a great and genuine host, definitely worth a visit
Written 7 May 2023
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P F
1 contribution
Jan 2023
Super cool place with a super cool proprietor. Bruce has put a lot of great work into the space, and it's a nice little oasis of creativity and interest near the centre of town. I think you'll come away having learned a couple of notable facts from the local area or abroad as well as having experienced some inspiringly crafted works of unique art.

My boys (8 and 11 years old) and I had the place to ourselves and we enjoyed looking at everything on display, and taking a bit more time to look and read more carefully the items that were most interesting to us. And Bruce was able to add detail if we wanted to know more about anything. There's also a nice collection of items for sale near the end that I suspect will vary over time as things sell out and different ones become available.
Written 23 February 2023
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Joanne
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Friends
I love how there was a mixture of local and international objects in this museum. Anyone whose interested in art will also enjoy, as there were art works as well. The museum itself is well set out and I love how you have to look high and low at all the items in each room. The collection of skulls were interesting. Definitely worth the visit to anyone who comes to Dunedin or is local to the area.
Written 29 January 2023
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Anna A
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Awesome experience if you’re visit g Dunedin. We loved meeting Bruce and talking to him about his collections and artworks (as the sign on his desk says, he’s very friendly!). Such an amazing and well curated collection.
Written 27 January 2023
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Philippa Jamieson
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
Dec 2022
An experience you won't forget! So much to see here, and there's bound to be something to interest everyone - allow a good hour.
This eclectic collection of all sorts of bones, skeletons, desiccated animals, and Bruce Mahalski's unique bone and coral art, is interspersed with vintage kitsch dolls, curios from Seacliff mental asylum, paranormal artefacts and much more.
The labels tell the often intriguing or quirky background and origins of each exhibit, and the old Otago Museum display cases are perfect.
Bruce also sells some of his art, plus t-shirts, books etc.
Written 13 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery is open:
  • Fri - Fri 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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