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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 2 days ago

This is a must see next to the train station. Wow. The presentation is amazing and the history of the birthDunedin is well told. Amazing displays and artifacts. Don’t miss this wonderful museum.

Thank russell85
Reviewed 2 days ago

a wonderful museum very well presented with everything from early settlers their history to early settlers histroy of electornics automobiles to alot more i must say you need to spend quite a bit of time here beacsue theres lots to read explore and look around...More

Thank sweettully
Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside of this building does nothing to suggest what lies inside. Having driven past this building dozens of times it wasn't until someone suggested we went inside that we realized what a gem it is. An hour was nowhere near enough time to have...More

Thank alanj14
Reviewed 1 week ago

Something I thoroughly enjoyed! Walking through my childhood and then some. The early early settler's history was amazing, I really got to appreciate the hardship and rudimentary existence. Nice coffee too.

Thank MattSue L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to come here for a Soci project for university and I was glad I did! there is so much to do there, great place for a family outing or if you are just by your lonesome.

Thank foodie99989
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldn’t get any better place to visit. There is so much to see. Well displayed and the new part of the building has been well designed and is an asset to Dunedin. You can even seen Josephine built in 1872 (Use Google and you can...More

Thank barbaraY1087AJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a 'museum person' but this Early Settlers Museum had something for everyone, really interesting and informative.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Early settlers has been upgraded since I last visited as a small boy. It's fantastic, with great attention on local Maori and settlers in the founding of Dunedin. Worth a few hours visit. This is right up there with comparable Musuems I've seen across Europe.

Thank Gordon180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The recommendation to visit was appropriate. It was very good. Well set out with very good explanations of the exhibits. We wish we could have stayed much longer.

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see.... so little time. We didn't expect the volume of high quality information, interaction and general exhibits so didn't leave enough time to cover it all as much as it deserved. Make the commitment to around half a day and you will...More

Thank Roy E
DCCMarketing, Front Office Manager at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this review and we're glad you enjoyed your time with us.

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