Olveston Historic Home

A ‘must visit’ for lovers of decorative arts. The historic Theomin family home, 'Olveston' is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world, as it was in the early 1900s.


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Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin.

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Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, the 35-room mansion was built between 1904-6 styled as an 'English country house in the city'.

The house was designed to the highest standards, fitted with modern features such as a lift, an electric generator for lighting and full central heating. The house was furnished with artworks, antiques, furniture and artefacts from all around the world.

The house and the original family possessions were gifted by the last member of the family to the City of Dunedin in 1966.

Fully furnished, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed since it was the Theomin Family home.


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Physical address

Olveston Historic Home, 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, Dunedin - Coastal Otago, 9016, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
9.30am - 5.00pm, 7 days
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to town:
1km from the Octogon

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $19.50
(16 year(s) and under)

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES YES
Chinese (Traditional) YES YES
French YES YES
German YES YES
Japanese YES YES
Korean YES NO

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