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Visiting Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Dunedin, New Zealand)

During my unexpected day off work in Dunedin, I decided to visit Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.  For the simple reason that it was free, in walking distance from my motel and I hadn’t been there before.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum next to the Taeiri Gorge rail cars

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum next to the Taeiri Gorge rail cars

It rated highly on Tripadvisor, #3 in Dunedin and after visiting I can now see why.

Upon approaching to the modern looking building, right next to the amazing Dunedin Railway Station, I loved the juxtaposition of the old Taeiri Gorge rail cars sitting on the track.

As I mentioned, entry to the museum is free!  There are donation boxes at the entrance and I saw a couple through the museum as I went around.  In the entry, there are some very modern, and very clean public toilets (always a popular attraction for the traveler).

The museum itself has a load of interactive displays, touchscreens with more information, and audio and video mixed in with the more traditional artifacts.

The gallery’s take you chronologically through the early Maori history, through European and particularly Scottish immigration, through the impact of World Wars on the population through the more recent technologies including transport and computing.

I felt that they had the mix of technology and artifacts about perfect.  I have been to some modern museums where they have half a dozen objects and the rest onscreen, through to the Victorian style, million objects with little information stuffed in a case.  This museum was a great balance!

I especially enjoyed the area regarding the impact of the war on Dunedin.  There was a visual display of photographs of Dunedin and New Zealand soldiers during World War 2. These photos were of particular interest to me personally, as the troops who served in North Africa, were at the same camp where my grandfather served during the war.

If you are in Dunedin, don’t miss this museum.  I spent about an hour and a half there and you could easily spend much longer.

Portrait Gallery of early settlers

Portrait Gallery of early settlers. The interactive touchscreen(s) allowed you to see a specific portrait with further information. You could also search by name.

 

Modern horses pulling an old Cobb and Co stagecoach

Modern horses pulling an old Cobb and Co stagecoach

 

Cobb and Co stagecoach

Cobb and Co stagecoach

 

Fabulous old bank desk, online banking isn't this stylish

Fabulous old bank desk – online banking isn’t this stylish

 

Huge American car pulling a 1950s homemade caravan (a very impressive transport section)

Huge American car pulling a 1950s homemade caravan (a very impressive transport section)

 

Cool Triumph Motorbike

Cool Triumph Motorbike

 

Tiger Tea Trolley Bus

Tiger Tea Trolley Bus

 

Climb aboard and explore

Climb aboard and explore

 

Vintage Atari Laser Hawk Game you can play

Vintage Atari Laser Hawk Game you can play

 

Dunedin's first computer

Dunedin’s first computer, used by Cadbury’s in 1963. Less powerful than todays average calculator.

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Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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