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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

The doors are open to New Zealand’s newest and most innovative museum experience.

It is all about the people of Dunedin and their stories from the earliest settlers through to those who have recently arrived.

Embark on a journey through the new museum where pioneer thinking meets 21st Century creativity.

Collection Type
History, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPO Box 566, Dunedin 9054
Telephone number icon64-3-477 5052
Web address iconhttp://www.toituosm.com
Email address icontoituosm@dcc.govt.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Hours of operation icon10am-5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
Charges iconFree. 12 dollar archival entry (bookings essential). Some charges for special events.

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Teddy Bear Sleepover

Come in with teddy at 3:30pm to decorate a bed for them to sleep in before leaving them behind for their night of adventure. Then pick them up at 10am the next day when you can watch a slideshow of the things they got up ...

Dates: 18-Dec-2017

Pixie Town

You better watch out. You better not cry. Santa’s pixies are back in town. The exhibition features popular mechanical ‘pixies’, which were displayed at the former Dunedin DIC department store until it closed in ...

Dates: 17-Dec-2017, 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Crafty Christmas

Come and join the festive fun making Christmas cards and decorations from recycled and craft materials. Try on our Christmas dress ups and take a family photo. Wind down from the Christmas shopping while the children ...

Dates: 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 20-Dec-2017, 21-Dec-2017, 22-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Come and Visit Santa

Catch up with the jolly old fella at the Museum while you visit the magic of Pixie Town. Photographer will be on site during Santa hours. 1x Photo 6x8” - 1 for $15 2x Photo 6x8” - $23 3x Photo 6x8” - ...

Dates: 17-Dec-2017, 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Pixie Trail

Santa left some friends behind when he was here for Christmas. Pick up a trail from our front desk and follow the pixies. Daily throughout the school holidays. Toitū OSM – Galleries.

Dates: 25-Dec-2017, 26-Dec-2017, 27-Dec-2017, 28-Dec-2017, 29-Dec-2017, 30-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Sketched In Stone Circus Crafts

Everyone loves the circus, so come into the Museum and make a thaumatrope, a trapeze artist and a pop-up circus. What’s a thaumatrope? You can find out when you make it. Daily throughout the school holidays. Toitū ...

Dates: 31-Dec-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 02-Jan-2018, 03-Jan-2018, 04-Jan-2018, 05-Jan-2018 View more sessions

The Tapestry Project

Members of the Otago Embroiders Guild will be working on panels for the New Zealand: A History in Stitch project. Come and chat with the ladies and see some artistry at work and maybe learn a new stitch or two. Toitū ...

Dates: 06-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 30-Jan-2018

Robbie Rocks

Robbie Burns may be the greatest songwriter in history. He was certainly the outstanding ‘rock star’ of 18th-century Scotland and love for his poems and songs has spread around the world ever since. Join us in ...

Dates: 21-Jan-2018

Rock Art

Bring your inner artist to the Museum and create artworks in paint and other materials on our river rocks. Take them home and use them as garden art or to decorate your room. Toitū OSM – Josephine Foyer.

Dates: 22-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018

Burns Night

Dunedin fans of Robbie Burns have been celebrating the poet’s birthday since 1855. Join Toitū and the Dunedin Burns Club to hear more about the man and his times. Enjoy traditional Scottish food and drink. Listen ...

Dates: 25-Jan-2018

Neil Emmerson - Lithography An Enduring Rarity

Lithography had its day briefly until photography became the dominant feature of pictorial reproduction. However, if not in popular culture, it has remained relevant in the visual arts and still offers artists a range of ...

Dates: 28-Jan-2018

Across the Ocean Waves Living History Tour

Meet at reception for a processional, immersive piece of theatre. Actor hosts in historic character interact directly with the audience and guide them through the experience of being a settler travelling across the world ...

Dates: 29-Jan-2018, 30-Jan-2018, 30-Jan-2018, 31-Jan-2018

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