The revamped Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is a massive
hit with its first visitors.
Thousands of people have flowed in to the social history
museum this morning, the first day it has been open to the
public after a two-and-a-half year closure for a $37.5
The building has been extended with a new building and the
refurbishment of an old railways depot doubling its gallery
space and innovative displays and interactive technology
bringing it into the modern day.
"It's just so much better than the old (museum), way, way
better," 14-year-old Ainslea Boult said.
Ben Pereira said he was impressed with the museum and its
size, and thought it would be become a big attraction for
Museum director Linda Wigley said the interest on the first
public open day today had been overwhelming.
"It's absolutely tremendous, there was big anticipation and
expectation around this and the public have done us proud.
"What we have got here is world class, and I think people are
The grand opening weekend follows Maori and civic opening
ceremonies yesterday, and celebrations continuing through the
weekend feature local music and community performances from
salsa to Indian classical dance and Capoeria displays, to
Japanese drumming, traditional Polish dances and war time
songs from a 60s-plus entertainment group.