The recently opened Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is making
positive progress towards its new higher attendance target
after more than 7000 visitors flocked in since last Friday,
The museum previously attracted about 65,000 visitors a year,
and has been closed for the past two years as its $37.5
million redevelopment project was completed.
Museum director Linda Wigley said the museum had already made
a ''fantastic start'' towards its new 180,000 annual
attendance target, and the primary school summer holiday was
likely to further boost attendance.
About 7000 visitors had arrived between pre-opening
celebrations last Friday and Tuesday this week.
Since the museum had formally reopened on Saturday, about
2000 people a day had attended over the weekend and strong
attendance was continuing.
Many positive comments were coming in from visitors, much of
it reflected in small notes the public had been able to place
on a sculpture at the south end of the museum complex, she
The museum's popular Pixie Town display and Santa were adding
to public interest.