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Originally conceived as the Early Settlers Museum, the institution had a major revamp in 2012 and now draws raves for its brilliantly curated exhibits. These range from a re-creation of a family cabin in a sailing vessel, simulating the voyage that brought settlers from Scotland to this distant place in the Pacific (an evocative display of comforts and hardships) to a vintage Buick and the country’s first coal-fired ovens. Especially moving: a poignant tribute to Otago’s men and women who fought in World War I (1914-1918) far across the seas in Europe. This special exhibit that will remain in place until 2018, 100 years after ‘the war to end all wars’ ended. Every corner of this vast building holds much of interest.