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- Very interesting and well organised museum. We found it easy to follow the story of Dunedin as the rooms are chronological and nicely spaced.
It’s free to enter but definitely worth a donation.
A good attraction in its own right but perfect when it’s stormy and wet.Written 4 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We had not originally factored in the museum for our holiday with young kids as they usually get bored after 45 seconds but we were catching up with some local friends and they suggested this place.
Downstairs the cafe is very good some amazing looking cakes and slices reasonably priced, inside there is the normal proper museum stuff which I would have liked to have seen but as previously stated the kids have flea sized attention spans.
We instead went to the science centre which has heaps of interactive elements for kids and a slide of course, this flowed into a butterfly exhibit which is about 3 storeys high and very impressive, be warned it is very hot and humid in here and even as Queenslanders we found it warm so strip off this layers before entering.
We also booked a virtual reality experience, this could only be described as a bit of an acid trip and maybe some of the imagery not suitable for kids?
We also booked tickets to the planetarium which was a fun 45mins show that also included some science experiments.
We spent about 3hrs there and could have easily spent another 1-2hrs.
Well worth a look when in Dunedin.Written 3 October 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Hey this is absolutely the coolest I've ever been in NZ. So many collections not only just bones also other amazing interesting stuff. Bruce was so nice and friendly Talk to us about the collection and how he hunt for bones even some haunted stories.
That was a lot of fun there I'll recommend all my friends there. Thank you Bruce!
Ming.Written 22 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Small, free, inspiring public art gallery. It held an interesting combination of very modern and conceptual works along with things from prior epochs. I was glad to have spent the hour we used to tour the gallery.Written 16 February 2023
- What an interesting and informative experience. My guide , Bill, took me around and explained not only how the Gasworks worked but the history of gas use in Dunedin.Written 13 August 2023
- The only reason this attraction has been marked "very good" instead of "excellent" is because of the renovations taking place that are temporarily hampering activity and display within. Still well worth a visit as these "Happy Hens" go all around the world.Written 23 April 2019
- If you are going to the station and the Sporting Hall Of Fame, this is upstairs opposite the museum. It is free entry and there are some surprisingly good pieces on display. It would be a mistake not to spend ten minutes or longer browsing the paintings and shop.Written 17 March 2020
- Fletcher House is a beautifully restored Edwardian ‘Treasure’. We thoroughly enjoyed our very informative visit, the guided tour gives a personal touch to the houses history, lives of James Fletcher and its various owners. Good to see history being preserved and shared. Elspeth was a super guide!Written 20 April 2019
- I was sceptical what this was going to be like, but went in to keep my husband company.
However, I found plenty to interest me, if not fascinate me. There were items donated by many famous sportsmen, Richard Hadlee for cricket, for example. There were Olympic uniforms, tennis, rowing, rugby and lots more memorabilia. I thoroughly enjoyed looking and learning about some of New Zealand’s sporting greats.Written 27 April 2020
- Visited this wonderful gallery after hearing about the amazing window display.
The gallery is full of art and all local artists and a great variety.
The prices are realistic and a range to suit all budgets.Written 3 June 2017
- If more people would review this attraction it would streak up Dunedin's 'things to do' list. Print off the map onliine before you set out. There around 30 generally large, often amusing murals within a reasonable walking distance or each other. And there seems to be a few more since the last time we visited Dunedin three years ago. Definitely worth an hour of your time.Written 19 December 2020
- Owners Cecelia and Meg Welcomed us into their home and and shared with great passio. Their knowledge on a wide range of NZ and overseas artists. In a very unique setting all art was beautifully displayed. A must see for any decerning collector.Written 5 September 2022
- Me, my partner & my mum came here for an exciting educational look into astronomy. I love coming here I've been here a few time we actually tipped extra this time because we appreciate the science behind astronomy. One time I came here earlier in the year & we saw Jupiter moons in straight alignment. We saw the cluster of stars one was red one was blue one was white called the jewel box. Everyone that runs this is extremely knowledgeable. I even meet a physicist that visit & got to quiz him on all my questions about the cosmos, the universe & his theories about the big bang & how long he believes the universe began.
Love Bill Nye & Neil Degrass Tyson tehe 🤓😄
Definitely for the family. Make sure you wrap up warm it gets very cold at night. Also if there is two much cloud coverage might not be open so be cautious for this 😊😄Written 12 November 2018
- Milford and Brett McDowell galleries and great books too. If you are visiting, make sure you wander down here for a nosey. Something for everyone, and lovely heritage buildings.Written 6 March 2017
- I wandered into this museum strolling through Portobello.
What a find!
The historical society have done a terrific job of curating this. Lots of interesting and fun things to see and snap.
We spent at least half an hour here. And it wasn't even open!
Would love to come back when it's open.Written 27 January 2017
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