The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery
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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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Rebecca R
NZ6 contributions
Oct 2021
I've not been to anything quite like this. Loved the art and natural oddities around every corner. Bruce the owner is a cool cat with lots of information on various pieces. Definitely would recommend.
Written 22 January 2022
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rob smith
4 contributions
Nov 2021
I became aware of the museum several years ago and was looking forward to a visit. It didn’t disappoint. Bruce is an accomodating host, after a brief introduction leaving visitors to absorb the collection at their own pace. There is plenty of intriguing, provocative variety to enjoy. While the bones and Bruce’s work take centre stage, the Seacliff items are particularly sobering. He has done a marvellous job to bring his views and vision together to present an offbeat, though profound and convincing interpretation of life, the human condition and our place in this precious, precarious existence. He is a national treasure, though will probably remain largely unrecognised, more is the pity.
Written 7 November 2021
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Thank you very much Rob!!!
Written 13 November 2021
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marksue2017
Cambridge, New Zealand2 contributions
Oct 2021
What a great place to visit, can’t recommend it enough.
Bruce is a really interesting guy who is an off the wall artist with a great sense of humour which is reflected in his works.
Probably the most unusual collection of “stuff” I have ever seen in one place.
Look up his murals which are all over New Zealand, brilliant.
Thank you for putting this together.
Written 28 October 2021
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Thank you very much!!!
Written 13 November 2021
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Paula
Canterbury Region, New Zealand13 contributions
Oct 2021
Very cool, eclectic and interesting. Take time to really look around as some really interesting bits and pieces.
Written 24 October 2021
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Clare
1 contribution
Oct 2021
Went here for the first time time the other afternoon and really enjoyed it. It has a vast collection of fossils, some amazing artwork, some objects from the old sea cliff asylum and much much more. This is a must go spot if you like museums. I learnt a lot
Written 16 October 2021
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Tim L
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Solo
Best museum I've ever been to! Very captivating and interesting and fun aswell as a relaxed and beautiful setting. Awesome !
Written 14 October 2021
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Go_Home_James
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
Oct 2021
We have planned to visit this museum for a number of years now and finally made it this week. What an incredible collection Bruce has accumulated! We were personally welcomed by Bruce on arrival and provided background of the museum together with recommendation of taking our time to look at both large and small items. The curation of the collection by Bruce is very detailed, insightful, topical and entertaining. We spent a couple of hours due to our interest in many of the artefacts on display. Bruce has also weaved in many pieces of his artwork in the museum, inspired by the collection and adding to its uniqueness. Very worth while visiting, and planning to revisit, noting Bruce changes the items / subjects using his vast overall collection.
Written 10 October 2021
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Compass24697000561
1 contribution
Oct 2021
A fascinating collection of animal skeletons, amazing art pieces and quirky memorabilia. Bruce the curator was very informative and interesting to listen to. A real treasure trove. Well worth the visit!
Written 9 October 2021
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Mac V
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
Great, unique experience to seek out in Dunedin. The collection presented is thought-provoking and incredibly engaging. Bruce's artwork is stunning and the other artworks on display are great too. Plan to stay for a while and ruminate. Will absolutely visit again!
Written 9 October 2021
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John Welch
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Sep 2021
I have visited before and although the Museum was closed due outside road works Bruce kindly opened so I could take my wife. I help run a Museum in Picton and I love this quirky Museum with its anthropological themes. Plan to spend 1-2 hours looking around and there are some nice items for sale. This is a "must see" attraction in Dunedin. Watch the You Tube clip before visiting which will give you a feel for the Museum and it's owner, Bruce Mahalski, a very talented artist.
Written 29 September 2021
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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