Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin

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Take a journey through the history of Dunedin, following its progress from the earliest communities to the modern city, at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. The oldest history museum in New Zealand, it houses extensive collections of items that depict everything from the area's Maori culture and history to the inventions of the information era that changed everyday life in the city. The exhibits of arms, uniforms, and other items display the impact that global events such as World War I had on the area. A gallery proudly showcases the works of local artists who helped establish Dunedin as one of New Zealand's main cultural hubs. Admission to the museum is free and guided tours are available once a day at an additional cost. Plan my Dunedin trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • We really enjoyed the experience. It enhanced our understanding of the city. Make sure that you include a visit. 
    We really enjoyed the experience. It enhanced our understanding of the city. Make sure that you include a visit.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed several hours in the museum, could easily have stayed longer though. Well documented, beautifully displayed and everything was in immaculate condition. Definite must see! 
    We thoroughly enjoyed several hours in the museum, could easily have stayed longer though. Well documented, beautifully displayed and everything was in immaculate condition. Definite must see!  more »
  • A fascinating insight into the history of this area. Beautiful displays and all easily accessible. Put this experience on your itinerary! 
    A fascinating insight into the history of this area. Beautiful displays and all easily accessible. Put this experience on your itinerary!  more »
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  • Excellent free museum, a must do while in Dunedin. There are so many exhibitions about the history of Dunedin, how and why people came, early settlers, technology and the gold rush, and modern cars, home appliances, music and culture. It is very interesting and there is a lot to see. But everything is quite vague and nothing goes into a lot of detail. It left me wanting more! You can easily spend hours in there. Lots of toilets too as well as a cafe and nice gift shop.
  • An excellent local museum that tells the story of the settlement of Dunedin from both the Maōri and Pakeha perspectives. The location in a former 1930s art deco bus station is amazing.
  • Free entry or entry by voluntary donation aprox $5-10 Well worth a visit Child and toddler friendly - lots of open spaces, cafe and kids area Very interesting history of the region and those who forged the land Highly recommend
  • We visited here while we visited family in Dunedin what a fantastic place to bring your children too it hasn't changed much from when I was little girl loved how they still had the hut my son loved it
  • Lots of different types of exhibits to see. Unfortunately could not do interacted exhibits due to covid! A souvenir shop and Cafe at usual tourist prices! But other than that great place to visit

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