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Otago museum gears up for souped-up transport exhibition

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum staff are gearing up to unveil the museum’s refreshed and revitalised transport and technology displays.

The Monster to Miniature technology and On the Move transport displays will open to the public tomorrow (Thursday, 30 November) following a refurbishment.

Toitū Director Cam McCracken says, “The old displays have been one of the most popular exhibits at Toitū since their unveiling in 2012.”

“More than a decade on, we can’t wait to show off the new displays and a whole lot of exciting new features alongside our old favourites.”

Toitū Exhibitions and Collections Manager, Jane Macknight says the new displays will still feature well-loved attractions including the Tiger Tea Bus, the Penny Farthing and “Brucie”, the room-sized first-generation ICT 1301 computer.

Tiger Tea Bus.

New items being added include an interactive 2017 Holden Commodore Police Highway Patrol Car, complete with the soundtrack of Police radio transmissions, which will sit beside the Tiger Tea Bus and restored 1954 Dennis Fire Engine.

The On the Move display will also offer an updated story of the Otago Motor Club founded in 1905, including two of its early patrol cars, while Monster to Miniature will trace the evolution of computing in Dunedin.

Mr McCracken says, “The new displays showcase important parts of the story of Dunedin and will be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. We’re looking forward to showing them off.”

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