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Dunedin's Museums and Galleries

Dunedin is a city with great heart, heritage and culture. Explore these, and more, at these top museums and galleries in the city.

Often called the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is one of the most historical locations in the South Island. It's small-city vibe, picturesque landscape and compelling cultural heritage make it an immensely popular destination for people who like to fill their holidays with plenty of art, culture and history.

If you're planning  New Zealand culture tour, pay a visit to Dunedin and check out these captivating museums and galleries, some of the finest in the South Island.

Otago Museum

The Otago Museum first opened its doors way back in 1868 with a small collection of rocks and minerals. Today it boasts an expansive collection of rare objects and special exhibitions that document the history, geography, natural world and culture of Otago and the South Island. The broad range of items on display makes it an ideal day out for the whole family.

Dunedin's most visited tourist attraction is located on Great King Street and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Another building that dates back to the 1800s, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery was established in 1884 and is one of New Zealand's four major metropolitan art galleries.

Today, the vast collection includes works from some of the finest European artists, including Monet, Claude Lorraine, Turner, Rosa, Gainsborough, Burne-Jones and Tissot. The gallery also houses a large collection of New Zealand art, some of which dates back to the 1860s.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Located at the edge of the Queens Gardens, in the heart of the city, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum tells the social history of the Dunedin's and the surrounding area. It contains 14 individually themed galleries that cover the character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport of the Otago area. Interactive displays and cleverly told narratives bring the stories to life.

These are just some of the cultural highlights you can enjoy on a self-drive holiday stop in Dunedin.