My Dunedin Itinerary

Olveston Historic Home

A ‘must visit’ for lovers of art, culture, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world. Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin.

A ‘must visit’ for lovers of art, culture, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world. Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin.

Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, the 35-room mansion was built between 1904-6 styled as an 'English country house in the city'. The house was designed to the highest standards, fitted with modern features such as a lift, an electric generator for lighting and full central heating. The house was furnished with artworks, antiques, furniture and artefacts from all around the world.

The house and the original family possessions were gifted by the last member of the family to the City of Dunedin in 1966. Fully furnished, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed since it was the Theomin Family home.

Olveston offers the perfect place for social and business gatherings – surrounded by the treasures gathered by the Theomin Family from around the world. Musical events in the Drawing Room can use the 1906 New York Steinway piano. Dinners in the Dining Room are seated around the Theomin’s family extending table, which at capacity can seat 20 people.

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Drawing Room
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Great Hall
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Dining Room
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