After a $37.5 million makeover, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin re-opened its doors just a few weeks ago. The museum documents the people whose character, culture, technology and transport shaped New Zealand’s ‘first great city’. Its new event spaces complement its galleries, café, research and archive centre. The event spaces can accommodate intimate groups for meetings and workshops, conferences of hundreds, social functions and gala dinners.
The function rooms range from the stunning Josephine Foyer of glass, steel, and local Bluestone which seats 330 or can be combined with the museum’s gallery space to cater to 670 people; through to the NZR Social Hall of heritage stylings which accommodates up to 50 people for evening functions, or 40 for daytime gatherings.
With more than 70,000 visitors streaming through the doors since reopening, Toitū is certainly a treasure for the Dunedin and wider Otago community. And with world class exhibitions and facilities, it certainly lives up to the name gifted by Te Pae o Mahutonga.