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W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum

AnatomyMuseumOtagoThe Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago was established in 1874, three years after the University itself was founded and only 26 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.

Access to the collection

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.

The public may visit the museum as part of tour groups. These tours usually consist of school groups or groups from institutions outside the university. Tours are usually run over university holidays (June and November to February) in order to avoid clashing with classes. Please contact the Museum Curator if you wish to arrange a tour of the museum.

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. These "rules" exist to provide a healthy working environment for staff and students, and to show respect for the deceased.

Curator's Office:Room 201a (inside the Museum)
Second Floor
Lindo Ferguson Building
Great King Street

Contact Details:

Tel.: +64 (03) 479 7361
Cell: +64 (021) 125 1248
Fax: +64 (03) 479 7254
Museum Email:

More information on the collections can be found on the Main Health Sciences site.... Anatomy Museum.