Olveston House

Monday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

42 Royal Terrace, North Dunedin

03-477 3320

Dorothy Theomin lived at Olveston House until her death in 1966 when, much to the surprise of the Dunedin Council, this wealthy heiress gifted her enormous house and all of its contents to the City of Dunedin.  Originally built for her father, David Theomin (an avid collector and philanthropist), the Theomin family set about extensively furnishing their home with art, furniture and curios from the opulent Edwardian era.   

When you step inside her inner-city mansion, you will find her home just as she left it, a time-warp to a decadent existence; a glimpse into a lifestyle long gone and one that can never be recreated. There are eighteen rooms to explore all brimming with fine artworks, furniture and objects of fascination and ancient artefacts from around the world. Every wall in the house, save the kitchen, is filled with art, with works by the likes of Goldie, Frances Hodgins, and William Russel Flint.

This is not a cold and dreary museum, but a world alive with all of the eccentricities of a family home, and you will also learn the rich and interesting history of the Theomin family as you pass through each room – from the Great Hall with one-of-a-kind hessian wallpaper to the Moroccan card room.

Next time you feel like escaping reality for an afternoon, take a guided tour across the threshold and down the rabbit hole of Olveston House, a truly fantastic experience.

Words by Abigail Egden & Photography by Naomi Haussmann & images supplied by Olverston House.

42 Royal Terrace, North Dunedin

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