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The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery
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Wonderful and weird

What a Dunedin treasure. You must go here if you're going to Dunedin, then when people say 'did you... read more

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Treasure trove of delights

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Reviewed 2 March 2024
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Reviewed 28 August 2022 via mobile

An astonishingly eclectic and cleverly presented collection, of natural history specimens contrasted with artifacts of human weirdness. Equal parts museum and art installation, and equally enjoyable as either a museum or a wry but disarmingly sincere commentary on the bizarre species that makes, among other things, museums.
As a reluctant member of said species, I've loved museums since I was small, and I can safely say that I've never seen another like this. Not to be missed!

Date of experience: August 2022
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brucemX4356DH, Manager at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2022

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Reviewed 12 August 2022

Hands down one of the best collections I’ve ever seen.
Absolutely amazing.
Bones and artifices all over the world, with great write ups about each piece.
Highly recommended.

Date of experience: August 2022
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brucemX4356DH, Manager at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2022

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Reviewed 6 August 2022 via mobile

Absolutely fascinating collection of the strange, macabre and beautiful. Deffinatly worth talking with the artist and owner Bruce Mahalski, super knowledgeable guy.

Date of experience: August 2022
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brucemX4356DH, Manager at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2022

Thank you very much for your lovely review! You're very kind!

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Reviewed 20 July 2022 via mobile

Fantastic collection.
Curator Bruce is a very knowledgeable and interesting gentleman, if you have any questions about the museum, don’t hesitate to ask him about it. Highly recommend.

You could spend hours in there if you care to read the labels, to find out more about the exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2022
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brucemX4356DH, Manager at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2022

Thank you very much for coming! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 29 June 2022

The kind of small, quirky museum that actually surprises you, actually makes you laugh out loud, and you actually never forget! You'll tell people who are visiting Dunedin that they can't miss it - and when they go, they'll text you saying "whoa! thanks for the tip!"

Bruce's artworks from bones, fossils, skulls and entire skeletons are on display in one room. You'll see a lot of his street arts and posters around town too. The other rooms are crammed full of incredible things from the natural world as well as quirky artefacts you didn't even know you were curious about, and leathery old books with titles such as The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People.

Kids can take a selfie with antler horns. Teens can get some fun photos for Instagram. Oh and there are tui birds in the garden making some incredible bird song so, all up, a great New Zealand visit!

Date of experience: May 2022
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brucemX4356DH, Manager at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2022

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