Dunedin has a range of high quality museums to explore.
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is part of the now closed Dunedin Gasworks which was New Zealand’s first and last gasworks, operating from 1863 until 1987. It is one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world. This is a significant local and world heritage site.
A fantastic little museum with a lot to offer. A recent addition is a restored railway wagon detailing the significant contribution the Otago Central Railway made to the local community. But best known for it's most intriguing item - New Zealand's first submarine!
New Zealand's greatest sports performers, their most memorable moments, the trophies and the tools of their trades - all come dramatically alive when you visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in the Railway Station in Dunedin.
Olveston has a world class Japanese ceramics and weaponry collection, English and Chinese ceramics, textiles and furniture collections, all on permanent display.
How many kids can fit on the back of a crocodile? How big can its teeth get? Is a leopard seal taller than me? There’s so much to see and do at Otago Museum that it takes a few hours to discover. Otago Museum is one place where you can spend all day or explore a little bit at a time.
This museum contains treasures from the local community including the old Cape Saunders lighthouse lantern room, the old local jail, an restored cannon found at Harington Point and photos & geneology relating to families on the Otago Peninsula.
The museum contains a wealth of artifacts and information to excite and inform the visitor, the collections being organised into four main areas: social history, maritime, photographic and painting.
The society operates a historical park complex displaying how life used to be on the Taieri. Historic buildings include a courthouse, jail, school, church and steam engine shed.
Learn about the people of Dunedin and their stories from the earliest settlers through to those who have recently arrived. There are many interactive exhibits including the interior of an early sailing ship and transport modes of yesteryear. Something for everyone!
The Waikouaiti Coast Heritage Centre is a high quality regional museum and information centre that is part visitor attraction, part information provider, and part collector and conservator of local heritage items.