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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-477 5052
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to...

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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Excellent museum

The only disappointment for me was that the early settlers really only includes Scottish immigrants from the first couple of ships so my Polish ancestors weren't included. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The only disappointment for me was that the early settlers really only includes Scottish immigrants from the first couple of ships so my Polish ancestors weren't included. The museum was still brilliant despite this personal disappointment. The staff were very helpful with my enquiries

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fantastic museum. Very close to the Railway Station in Dunedin it tells a very good story of how Otago and in particular Dunedin evolved. Great displays and good explanations.

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Thank Jack P P
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is worth a visit to catch a glimpse of life in the early days of Dunedin and New Zealand. It also has artefacts from the 20th century.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I just loved the Settler's Museum. I found the history fascinating and informative. Can definitely recommend it for a visit.

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Thank Andrew L
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is masterfully thought out and has brilliant collections. Have probably been a dozen times since moving to Dunedin and it never gets old. If you only have time to see one of the many museums in Dunedin, make sure it's this one.

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Thank wroddick
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderfully situated in one of Dunedin's famous historic precincts, and featuring a delightful mix of victorian, art deco and brutal modernist buildings, this museum has become a special location for visitors and locals, and a great venue for all sorts of occasions. Well done to the Council for the vision (and money) and well done to the top management team.

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Thank samandhenry
Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a spacious museum with helpful staff. It has information about the early settlers but also other aspects through the years.

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Powys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautifully laid out modern museum, looked small from outside, but inside like the Tardis. Excellent exhibits and reconstructions plus lots of interactive computer screens with more information, photos, and video clips. Expected to spend an hour, three and a half hours later still plenty to see. Eventually halted by coffee and cake urge, which was also catered for, with live... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a great two hours learning of the history of Otago from all sorts of perspectives. The exhibits were well set out with the right amount of information - to inform without overwhelming

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

somehow they have kept the subjects willing and able to continue participating through their lifetimes. .. I'm impressed by that, considering quite a percentage are living overseas by now.

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