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The Anatomy Museum 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.

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W D Trotter Anatomy Museum, Lindo Ferguson Building, Great King Street, Dunedin.

Museum layout

The museum collection is laid out in sections:

  • Head and neck
  • Thorax
  • Visceral anatomy
  • Limbs
  • Sectional anatomy
  • Nervous system (central)
  • Nervous system (peripheral)

Limited access rooms

We also have closed rooms that hold additional material that can be accessed by request. A Bone Room containing many osteological specimens (normal and abnormal), an embryological / developmental collection, and rooms housing plastinated specimens and E12 (thin) slices.

There is also an extensive collection of normal and abnormal radiographs, most of which are now also available as a digital reference. We also have a varied collection of texts and atlases, both old and current editions.

University wireless is available in the Museum as well as desktop computers with a variety of digital resources.

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.

Contact the curator:

Contact info

Contact the curator:

Christopher Smith 186
Chris Smith, a highly skilled educator, is Museum Curator. Chris and his team support a wide range of trainee health professionals in their studies, and provide expertise to a number of research disciplines.

More about the Museum's history:
Anatomy Museum
Department of Anatomy website

Recent related research

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Jugular foramen asymmetry in a single skull: posterior and superior view.

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F J Steger at work.

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