The Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago was established in 1875, four years after the University itself was founded and only 27 years after the first official settlers arrived in Dunedin.
It holds a large collection of anatomical specimens and models, many of which are unique in Oceania. Some models date back to the late 1800s (porcelain models by Steger and wax models by Ziegler). Although there is a "hands-on" policy regarding museum specimens and models, historic and fragile items are protected in cases.
It is an extremely valuable resource for students and researchers. The museum 'tour' is also one the most popular events during the New Zealand International Science Festival.
Virtual Anatomy Museum Study - Available until 30th April 2021
For a limited time only, help PhD student Ruth Warren in her study investigating visitor experiences within the Virtual Anatomy Museum. The W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum has been recreated in a virtual environment for the purposes of this study that allows participants to explore the collection on their own computer. For more information and to register, follow this link: Virtual Anatomy Museum Study
Access to the collection
Health Science students currently taking papers in the Department of Anatomy are advised to check their lab manuals or 'AnatomyStudent' Moodle, MedMoodle, or Blackboard, for Semester hours of access. We are not open weekends or public holidays.
Postgraduate students and staff from any department in the university may apply for research-based access through the Museum Curator or a senior member of the academic staff from the Department of Anatomy.
Some of the models in the museum are available for use by other University of Otago departments in their teaching.
Schools, other institutions, and community education groups may arrange for visits to the Anatomy Museum, usually run during university teaching breaks in order to avoid clashing with classes. Please contact the Museum Curator if you wish to arrange this.
When you are visiting the museum please do not eat or drink. The use of cameras or other image-recording devices is strictly prohibited without the prior consent of either the Museum Curator or the Head of Department.
Room 201a (inside the Museum)
Lindo Ferguson Building
270 Great King Street