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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. Planning Dunedin trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Reviews
Well worth viewing, if you are interested in the ocean, James Cameron (diver and film director) or Titanic this is for you! more »
On my fourth visit to the museum with my grand children in the school holidays just past, I found it still very interesting and the upgrade of the trolley bus was a particular hit with my grand childr... more »
We had a great time at this little museum. It is totally free, and is small enough that you can see all of it in an hour (at a very fast pace), or take your time and make a morning of it. We spent about two hours there and enjoyed every minute. The recent-modern section was really neat, with all the home convenience appliances and advertisements.
This museum was surprisingly delightful! I was not expecting to walk away impressed from a free museum in Dunedin, but was I wrong! I spent an hour here, but should have spent two as I felt quite rushed. One of the best things about this museum is that it has something for everyone; family trees, cultural insights into early Dunedin, old cars, old computers and technology (some was interactive), woman's suffrage, information on local Maori, and more.
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