Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    interesting museum to spend an hour or 2
    Interesting museum and that fact at it was free was just fabulous. I loved all of the early 1900.s vehicles The toys and household appliances were cool to look at. the gift shop has some wonderful gifts for sale.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • H&P
    Manchester, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and well laid out.
    Very interesting and well organised museum. We found it easy to follow the story of Dunedin as the rooms are chronological and nicely spaced. It’s free to enter but definitely worth a donation. A good attraction in its own right but perfect when it’s stormy and wet.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • afong138
    Sydney, Australia285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful Museum to visit
    A very well presented museum to visit. Very detailed on the history of early settlement & clear interpretations. There is a gift shop & cafe on site. Walking distance from town center & best of all it is free entry.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 17, 2024
  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is The Thing Dunedin
    This is the thing to see in Dunedin . Another thing the museum shows a whole history of city 🌃 of Dunedin. Also I like 👍 looking at the exhibit of the original setters in the region. Lastly, I love 💕 looking the exhibit of the Scottish who came to this city.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Paul P
    Melbourne, Australia233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk through time in Otago.
    I was totally impressed with the museum. It covers Otago from the first people up to today. It has detail aplenty, or you can just walk through the collection and see the changes over the years. At least an hour but you could spend much more, It has been so well done utilising a number of buildings a d starting in a new modern one. You seamlessly walk through and end up in the old road authority art Deco building. Remember to get a shot of it from the outside too. Want more? It is free! My favourite was the huge mainframe computer with a humongous 12k or so of memory. A must do in Dunedin.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • STravelsNZ
    Wellington, New Zealand298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    Toitu is a great museum that’s well laid out and has a nice variety of exhibits. A walk down memory lane for me. The household items, morris 8 car and tiger tea bus brought back childhood memories. Well worth a visit!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 27, 2024
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Randolph, NJ918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a great museum with worthwhile exhibits on the history, culture, technology and transportation of the Otago region. Make sure to get a map to guide you and allow 1-2 hours to explore all of the galleries. Donations appreciated. There is also a gift shop and food service in the lobby. Parking is "pay and display" in the lot behind the museum or on the street.
Written April 30, 2020
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buckeyetravel
Ohio316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This museum tells of the various nationalities that settled in the area and where they came from. It discusses their long journeys from various places (primarily Europe) and some of their early struggles and successes. It also has a Smithsonian feel to it for those familiar with this museum in the US as their are pop culture items from various decades, vehicles from this history of the area, military history, mauri culture, etc. I really enjoyed the pop culture items and the development of computers area that has all kinds of tech items and mainframes that are fun to look at. Overall, a good place to visit and free admission (suggested donation) makes this a place you should check out in Dunedin.
Written January 14, 2020
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Steve L
Hucknall, UK540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Not many major museums are free and when they are they are usually not up to scratch. Not the case here. What a very large and fascinating place this is. The history of the South Island settlers as well as transport and the development of the city are all here. Kids are allowed to play on some of the exhibits which helps the learn. There is a mock up of a ship bringing settlers from the UK, example as of clothes through time and computers. Basically a bit of everything so almost everyone should find something interesting here.
Written February 14, 2020
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Karana190
Brisbane, Australia369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This is a large museum so leave at least an hour to visit. There is so much to see. Entry is free yet there is nothing skimped on the presentation of the stories. The original railway station is incorporated into one of the rooms. There is a pleasant coffee shop should you want to breakup your visit, a gift shop for classy souvenirs and there is parking outside for $2 an hour. Very impressive!
Written May 21, 2021
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MelbourneKaz
Melbourne114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I enjoyed this museum's rapid overview of history but my companion thought it was a bit boring, hence the very good rating. The museum is easy to reach from the railway station and has a wide selection of artefacts from different periods. I enjoyed even the simple exhibits of old household appliances like washing machines. I'd say it's worth a visit, noting that it can get busy with bus tour groups going through.
Written April 24, 2020
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michael c
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited this museum while in Dunedin for a few days. Even though I have visited Dunedin 2 times before this was my first visit here and I found it really interesting. Well laid out exhibits and anybody wanting to discover the history of early Dunedin would enjoy this museum.
Written February 16, 2020
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WendyT1962
Upper Hutt, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum has so much in depth information and is really interesting. Stories from descendants of the first settlers and lots of family history, plus many other displays including vehicles and old appliances. Give yourself at least a couple of hours. Nice gift shop and cafe.
Written February 24, 2020
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Matthew
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We visited Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on a rainy day, after visiting the Otago Museum. Toitu was definitely our preference.

For the visitor, the museum has an easy flow... from the entrance, you walk through a single long building (towards the Chinese Garden) as your progress through time.

The collection is varied, and has an engaging mix of installations - both history and modern. There's a nice use of technology, but nothing feels cliche.

Overall, the museum is great. If anything... there could be a little more mātauranga Māori (but it feels they’re in a better position than Otago Museum).
Written November 28, 2020
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Sonja B
Helensvale, Australia350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a rainy day so our tour of botanic gardens was cancelled and we went here instead. Was enjoyable. Was very impressed with the main room with all the early settler families and interactive displays.

The voice over info in other parts was also super. Rather interesting overall.
Written January 7, 2020
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Jayne R
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Visited this museum yesterday with friends and we were completely blown away by it. We spent a long time there but didn't see everything. The interactive nature of the exhibits are great and the depth of detail is exceptional. The building incorporates the original settlers meeting place and the Smith Gallery covered with portraits and photographs of the early Scottish settlers was fascinating. Being able to click on a picture and find out all about them was so good. The ship's cabin reconstructed as it would have been on the 5 and a half month journey (minus the smell) was also excellent. So much to see. A must do in Dunedin.
Written February 11, 2020
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