Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin


Suitable for all ages

This modern museum tracks the history of people settling into the Dunedin and the wider Otago area from the first Maori, to the Scottish and the Chinese settlers during the gold rush period, right up to the modern day. There are lots of different areas within the museum so you’re bound to find something that appeals to your kids.

Displays are a mixture of interactive displays and static, with touch screens for information too. Particularly worthy of note is the “ship” which is a room that shows what it would have been like for the early immigrants, living below deck. There’s also the Buchanan cottage to explore and there’s the opportunity for kids to dress up in Victorian clothing if they want! There’s also a tram and transport area which kids tend to enjoy too, as well as a chill-out area to relax with toys and couches in the old bus foyer.

The onsite cafe comes recommended and it’s worth checking out the website or Facebook page for special activities and events during the school holidays.

Buggies can be stored at the cloakroom in the foyer or can be taken around the galleries, so long as they’re under adult supervision. A parents’ room and change table (in the women’s toilets) are available onsite.

Thanks to Patricia, a Dunedin Mum for her input!

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Contact Information

Tel: 03 477 5052


Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin. Metred parking is available on the streets around the museum.

Open: daily 10am – 5pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Price: FREE although some special exhibitions sometimes have a charge.

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