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Otago Museum

419 Great King Street | P.O. Box 6202, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 0 3 474 7474
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Ranked #5 of 38 attractions in Dunedin
Type: Natural History Museums
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Well curated to make for an interesting visit. My grandchildren have enjoyed return visits - oddly enough to the extensive "stuffed bird and animal" section at the far end of the building. (Not easy to find.) The Southern Land and People exhibit on Level 3 (I think) gives a wide perspective towards what makes Otago unique. All this is free.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Well worth the money to visit the museum, discovery world and the butterflies. Kids of all ages love it as there is so much to do and watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Have been heaps of times. Great because it's free, so you can spend a little bit in the cafe (which is delicious/great coffee). On weekends they have a play area for kids, with couches for a rest for the parents. Love looking at the old stuff and seeing how far technology has come.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We very much enjoyed our visit to the museum. There is so much to see that it is a bit overwhelming, but our favorites were the Maori cultural artifacts. Worth a visit when in Dunedin.

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised that there was no entrance fee. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits on the local area, Micronesia and the Maori. You are able to take pictures without using a flash. I would highly recommend visiting this museum. The museum gift shop had reasonable prices. My friends enjoyed the soup at the restaurant.

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London ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Otago Museum shows the diverse history of the area and as with many local museums in New Zealand are offered free of admission fees. It displays all the history from the start of the port and the local Maori history. all of the vehicles and furnishing have been restored. Make sure the flash on your camera is turned off... More

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Perth
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11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This museum is an absolute must for anyone visiting Dunedin. It's a great way to get a sense of the history of the city from its first settlement to the present. Displays are very interesting and many are interactive. Fantastic!!

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chelmsford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The museum is well laid out with plenty of visual aids and interactive exhibits. Well presented museum with lots of information and interactive exhibits. I found it brought home the fact that NZ is not a very old country in terms of colonisation . The early settlers were certainly resolute in their pursuit of founding a new life for themselves... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

So, what do you do in Dunedin on a rainy day? You visit the Otago Museum. Actually, you don't need a rainy day to visit this wonderful museum. They have divided their exhibits into several levels. Nature, Pacific Cultures, Southern Land & Southern People, People of the World, Maori Culture displays, Maritime theme & Animal Attic. It opens @ 10... More

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dayton, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This museum was impressive, and we needed parts of 2 days to enjoy it all. The maritime section is quite thorough, with interesting facts and artifacts relating to sailing and navigation we have not seen anywhere else. Sections on Maori voyages, history and culture, and historic and current NZ native wildlife, were also very extensive and informative.

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