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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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I only had an hour in this museum so didn't see it all, but was highly impressed with what I did get to see. I loved the touch screen information ports, I loved trying on skirts... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Snells Beach, New Zealand
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Snells Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only had an hour in this museum so didn't see it all, but was highly impressed with what I did get to see. I loved the touch screen information ports, I loved trying on skirts and seeing all the amazing clothing. The portrait room was a highlight. I'll definitely be back next time I'm in Dunedin

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is filled with really mind blowing information and cool stuff like a old arcade game machine. But my favourite place was the Dunedin goes digital. It's a must do if you ever get the chance to go to dunedin

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Snells Beach, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We managed to find some family links in the interactive displays which made us come back and look for more. The displays are world class with a good mixture of interactivity to keep the kids interested. Beautifully presented and worth visiting, especially there might be family historical links.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Family trip to the museum and it was loved and enjoyed by all. So much to see and absorb that we will need to go back again on our next trip south. Just a fabulous museum especially loved seeing all the old appliances etc that we grew up with and even older ones. So much to see and look at... More 

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Happened on this museum rather than went looking for it. A very good job of explaining the history of the area. One room contains nothing but portraits of the early settlers and that made a big impression. Possibly the highlight. Very poignant as it served as a powerful reminder of the Scottish diaspora; Scotland's loss and New Zealand's gain. A... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in Dunedin you must go! You don't need to be curious about NZ and how the country developed only have an appetite whet for a beautifully presented, very interactive Museum and exhibition space. Hosts are exceptionally friendly. Overall I found the visit incredibly rewarding and I kept feeling as though I was in one on the best... More 

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We spent a few hours in the museum and had to top up parking coupon because we can't get enough of all the interesting and excellent way the museum trying to tell. Definitely worth spending half a day there.

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I don't usually go for museums but went on a recommendation of some locals (we were travelling through NZ from Australia). Having an interest in learning about Mauri culture and it being a rainy day, my wife and I found ourselves at the museum. They had it really well laid out and took you on a journey from late 1,700's... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took the children and we all had fun exploring the museum. Wish we had more time but that's ok it just means we will enjoy returning to see the rest of it another time. There was so much to see.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This lovely museum uses the newest technology and display techniques to provide a wonderful interpretation of local history. It's all on a single level, and laid out chronologically, winding its way through two historic buildings that have been completely redesigned inside for the museum. Lots of interactive displays, including recreations of a ship's interior and settler's cabin, and wonderful descriptions... More 

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