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Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home
Jan Davies
+64 3 477 3320
42 Royal Terrace
Dunedin Central
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Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home
Olveston, an authentic historic experience in the heart of Dunedin.

Olveston was designed by English architect Sir Ernest George and built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin in 1906. Built as a family home with ample rooms for live-in servants, the Theomin’s extensively furnished their home with fine artworks, furniture and objects of fascination and ancient artefacts from all around the world.

David Theomin’s daughter Dorothy inherited the house in 1933. She lived there until her death in 1966 (aged 79), when it was discovered the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin.

Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied.

Bespoke Dinner Venue
Olveston Historic Home is perfectly designed for entertaining. From the very first step taken through the magnificent English oak door into the Vestibule, you will appreciate this is an experience you will never forget. The elegant and timeless spaces are the perfect backdrop for a truly memorable Dunedin formal dinner.

Cocktails Evening
If it is a cocktail party you are wanting to host, the Billiard Room is well proportioned for an intimate gathering. Or, for the larger mix and mingle, the Great Hall and Drawing Room complete with the original ‘Steinway’ grand piano is ideal.

Private Music Recitals
Enjoy a special evening of music in Olveston Historic Home’s bespoke Drawing Room. Music recitals follow the rich tradition of music-making in this historic stately home. The Theomin’s elaborate Drawing Room is still used for intimate evenings of fabulous music and song provided by not only Dunedin’s talent but New Zealand artists as well.

Group tour bookings are available at other times, evenings included.