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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

31 Queens Garden, Dunedin 9054, 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 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 5052
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My son (6) loves this place. We have been several times and each time he wants to stay longer. At first he just liked to look at the trains but each time there is more and more that catches his attention, from the ships bringing...More

Thank 115blairc
Reviewed yesterday

Dragged the family around the museum, bigger than it looks. Was plenty to look at and after some initial grumbling the whole family enjoyed it. Predominantly a modern history, with some art thrown in, and a warehouse of old trucks in the back. A good...More

Thank Sligo_Gilly
Reviewed yesterday

Another excellent NZ museum. Settlement displays are very interactive costumes to try on even a penny farthing bike to ride. Very informative and fun for all ages. Search game for younger visitors to find particular items in each of the exhibits.

Thank kbjb20
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I take my boys here often and it is always enjoyable whether we stay for an hour or two or if we just have a quick photo with the engine. Visitors to the area can easily piece together some moments that made Dunedin what it...More

Thank Rod D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of New Zealand's great resources of early history in Otago. Free entry makes it a must visit to see the great range of historical exhibits.

Thank spikevoncat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This Museum is amazing for all ages. There are a wide variety of exhibits active you are telling their own part of the Dunedin/settlers history. By far the best part for us was the replica of the inside of a Settler ship. It gave you...More

Thank hanthera
Reviewed 2 days ago

As you enter, on the left, you find Josephine. She's a double ended locomotive that came from Lancashire England in 1872 and was assembled in Port Chalmers, 8km away. After a full life she was out of service in 1960 and it was considered to...More

Thank ruthandvern
Reviewed 3 days ago

We finished on the Taieri Rail and it started to rain and had a few hours to kill and though we would try the museum. My expectations were not so high and as a local, it was about time I explored it. I was really...More

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent, high quality and free experience for families visiting Dunedin. Very informative and well thought out displays. Beautiful combination of interactive exhibits across 4 very different historical buildings. Make sure you give yourself a morning to fully explore, you can park in the Chinese gardens...More

1  Thank qjj1
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited this museum after a recommendation from a friend and were not disappointed. The exhibits are well laid out and provide an interesting insight into Dunedin's history as experienced by the various groups of immigrants. There are several interactive exhibits and the whole museum...More

Thank Michelle C
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