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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  • This place is a gem. Lots of interesting displays and a strong focus on the records of the early settlers. You can trace ancestors and you may even see their pictures on the walls or in the extensive....  more »
  • Lots of information about early settlers, check out Portrait Gallery for stoic folks, especially married couples who look Not Very Fond of each other  more »
  • Great place to visit and catch up on the local history. So many great NZ companies founded in the area that no longer exist, very sad. But at least their heritage is being preserved for others to learn about.
  • Very nice museum with something for everyone. I specially liked the automotive department. One small criticism: the first part is too dark. If you're above 50 you will need a flashlight to see or read anything.
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