Olveston was built as a family home and furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts, from all around the world. With no heirs to inherit, the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a home between 1906–1966.
Olveston Historic Home is New Zealand’s finest historic house. Built as the family home of collector and philanthropist David Theomin; a connoisseur of the 'finest things in life', the house was gifted to the city of Dunedin complete with all the original contents in 1966. Over 250 artworks, 3000+ books and manuscripts, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and domestic wares assist the telling of the story of this wealth emigrant Jewish merchant family, their friends and fellow supporters of Dunedin rich artistic and cultural history in the early 1900s. By guided tour only, this architectural masterpiece is set within a ‘Garden of National Significance’. The opulence of 'Olveston' is a visual, historic and aesthetic delight.
1 hour guided tour
PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT Only trained personnel conduct guided tours. Pre-booked guided tours are available with Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French or Japanese speaking guides are on request – 48 hours advance notice is required. Please contact the house in advance of your visit to discuss your booking. Olveston is a house museum containing the original possessions of the Theomin Family. We ask visitors to take care inside the house and remind visitors not to touch items on display. To prevent damaging the wooden floors and original floorcoverings inside the house visitors are asked to refrain from wearing shoes with a small heel.
Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.
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