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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-477 5052
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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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Great museum

This is a fascinating museum, especially the sellers oat. We spent 3 hours looking round and thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fascinating museum, especially the sellers oat. We spent 3 hours looking round and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Fife, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unexpected pleasure. We had gone to Dunedin for several reasons - we live near Edinburgh in Scotland, which had inspired Dunedin. Very strange to see all the street names that I normally associate with Edinburgh in Dunedin. But we also went there because my husband's great great uncle was one of the early settlers, and actually became... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The kids were begging to back to the natural history museum and we made them come here mostly because we were interested in the history and 4 hours later we had to leave and we had to drag them out. It is absolutely the best locall history museum I have ever seen. There are the expected ancient photographs of tired... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been amazed at all the wonderful free museums in New Zealand. This one was a perfect size, and a nice flow to the exhibits. Don't miss the interactive displays at many of the glassed-in exhibits, all with a touch screen for additional information. We were given a map with instructions how to "flow" from one exhibit to another.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You know how museums used to be kind of stuffy and there were just pieces of broken pottery in a glass case next to an index card with spidery handwriting explaining the shard? This is not that. This is a fully modern museum, complete with interactive displays, videos, sound, and re-created houses and ships that you can enter to experience... More 

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Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone will fins something of interest here, all in a lovely series of buildings ranging from art deco to very modern. The cafe is right 'up there'. Parking is convenient.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is very large, comprising of several halls. There are many very interesting exhibits, organized by themes and timelines. Videos show many intriguing events in the lives of the original Maoris, the settlers and also later immigrants. Many household goods show the everyday life of Kiwis in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. Motorbikes, trams, buses, cars offer interesting views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely museum with some neat interactive displays. There is an area whether you can check your genealogy from Dunedin's first settlers. Excellent history from the early settlers of Otago and New Zealand. At the rear of the building a lot of household items from my childhood, so most interesting. And in adjacent area an childrens interactive area. Could easily spend... More 

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Sale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum recently and there is so much to see that 3 hours wasn't enough. Entry is free, and gives you a great appreciation of the trials and tribulations of the early settlers and their pioneering spirit. Would like to have spent more time here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is very interesting. It goes all the way back to the settlers and has modern sections and displays as well. The only annoyance we had was that the Chinese gardens are advertised alongside the museum but have to be paid for separately. It would be nice if they were included or at least offered as an add on... More 

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