My Dunedin Itinerary

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum opens for business

23 January 2013

The stunning Josephine Foyer, showcasing glass, steel, heart Rimu, Oamaru and local Bluestone, has a seated capacity of 330, and can be combined with the Museum’s gallery space to cater for parties up to 670 people. The sleek auditorium with state of the art equipment provides the perfect space for larger meetings and conferences. The Art Deco NZR Building offers unique venue spaces with marble walls and plasterwork detailing, perfect for that memorable function that oozes elegance and style from a bygone era. The beautifully maintained NZR Social Hall, located upstairs, provides a real sense of nostalgia and can accommodate up to 50 people for evening functions and 40 for day time gatherings.

Synonymous with the expansive building that houses the Museum’s world class collections, the on display exhibitions cleverly meld heritage items with modern, interactive, and digital displays. Iconic objects such as Josephine, the Museum’s rare steam locomotive, the Thompson Family Caravan, and Elsie, the computer which used to be used for drawing Bonus Bond winners, are re-displayed, and the infamous portrait gallery has been given a new lease of life.

With over 70,000 visitors streaming through the doors since re-opening, the public has embraced New Zealand’s most modern and innovative Museum with enthusiasm, soaking up the stories, characters, culture, technology, art and fashion of the people who have shaped New Zealand’s first great city. Toitū is certainly a treasure for the Dunedin and wider Otago community, and with world class exhibitions and facilities, lives up to the name gifted by Te Pae o Mahutonga. 

For further enquiries please contact:

Amelia Lindsay

Function and Events Coordinator

Telephone: 03 474 2184


For further information contact

Bree Jones

+64 21 865 111