Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin
(4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. With our international travel planner, Dunedin attractions like Toitu Otago Settlers Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautifully set out with appeal to all age groups in architecturally interesting building. Particularly interesting on early periods, both Maori and 19th Century. 
  • Without doubt, the neatest wee Museum I've ever seen! Starts out with the usual cultural guff, but soon you're looking at a whaling boat so small, you just hope the crew never caught one. Then down th...  more »
  • Makes great use of its fantastic location in Dunedin's prime Heritage precinct. Outstanding design of the new building reflected in the excellent design inside and of the exhibits. Excellent talks by ...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum that tells you a lot about Dunedin's history. Has a lot of artifacts on display, with video narratives, a reconstruction of a settler ship's lower deck. Great modern interior design.
  • Great place, well presented and friendly / helpful staff. Could do with more information on the exhibits... But it's free so is exceedingly good value. Nice coffee shop at the entrance too.
  • Free entry. Must go if you are in Dunedin, don't miss the Chinese garden and Railway Train Station tooTells you history of Dunedin, Mainly The early settlers. Great cafe at the entry.
  • Great place to go for a relaxed wander while learning about early Dunedin. Always has great rolling exhibits too. Great gift shop, coffee shop on-site isn't too bad either.
  • Definitely worth a visit, so show you how our fair City has progressed over the decades. Some really interesting displays.