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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Opens in 20 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 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...more
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31 Queens Garden, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 5052
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Reviewed yesterday

An excellent display of the area's history. You could easily spend 2 to 3 hours in this very uniquely displayed museum. It has something for everyone and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Admission is by donation.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank donna b
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It truely is and if you do not put this on your itinerary you will have missed seeing, hearing and feeling the history of this charming city.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brodie G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Without a doubt this must be one of the best presented museums any where in the world. It was a pleasure to be drawn through New Zealand history in an amazing and beautifully presented environment and all for free! Do not miss the opportunity if...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent several hours in this (free) museum on the recommendation of a local person. It was really informative and engaging, well worth spending half a day there. It had exhibits ranging from the arrival of the first Maori settlers right through to early 20th...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AliBe1803
Reviewed 5 days ago

Toitu or the settlers museum as it was once called is now, a slick presentation of the history of Dunedin. The new museum lacks the sole and charm of the original but is still very worthwhile way to spend a rainy afternoon. The cafe is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rmp57
Reviewed 6 days ago

Entry is by donation and you would have to be pretty mean not to ante up. The museum has excellent displays of early settlement from Maori to Europeans, well worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vzrider
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has all that is required to share the experience of the history of this part of the world, an absolute delight.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Deepredneck
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good display of early settlers and their history. Plenty to look at well presented interactive displays. Something for all The family no entry fee and easy access. Walking distance from city centre. Recommended.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mike I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right beside the Railway Station, this modern building portrays the extraordinary story of how Dunedin came to be settled and how it has developed over the last 150 years. It's beautifully laid out, with interesting artefacts, recordings from local people highlighting their heritage (Scots, Lebanese,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JMEdQ
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must to visit in Dunedin. I went to this museum before the renovations and now it is so much more accessible.

Date of experience: March 2019
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5 January 2019|
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Response from Sarah P | Reviewed this property |
an hour or 2 is plenty