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Slice of Life: The World-Famous Dunedin Study at MOTAT

05 Sep 2020 - 04 Oct 2020


Saturday 5 September 2020, 10.00am - Sunday 4 October 2020, 4.00pm

  • Exhibition: 1 July - 4 Oct (restarting 5 Sep after Auckland's COVID-19  restrictions eased)
  • 10am-4pm daily

MOTAT, 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

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Entry to the exhibition is included within normal MOTAT admission fees (50% off during Alert Level 2):

  • Child (5-16 years) $5
  • Adult $9.50
  • Under 5 FREE 
  • NZ SuperGold Card holders with ID FREE 
  • Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $22.50
  • Student (incl. tertiary) with NZ Student ID card $5
  • Overseas Senior Citizen (non NZ, aged 65+) $5

0800 668 3869


Slice of Life tells the story of the 1000 most studied people in the world and what we have learned from their lives so far.

The Dunedin Study (officially called The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study) has seen 1037 Kiwis born in Dunedin between 1972 and 1973 become some of the most studied people in the world.

This exhibition parallels the participants' lives through the decades, from their childhood in the 1970s, through to adulthood in the 2000s, telling the story of the study, its research methods, and its findings.

Technology, furniture, fashion, and popular culture artifacts are on display, including four rooms recreated to transport us back through the 70s, 80s 90s, and 2000s.

Visitors to the exhibition can bask in the nostalgia of items such as a fondue set, arcade games, a party dress of the 90s, and the home-computer of the 2000s.

Many visitors will recognise artifacts in the exhibition from their lifetimes, and younger visitors will be presented opportunities to learn about life before the internet and the technology that has become commonplace in our lives, today.

Visitors can also learn about links between lifestyle choices and health through hands-on interactive exhibits.

Initially conceived as an investigation into child health and development, since its inception the study has monitored, recorded, and researched numerous aspects of the participants' lives.

The findings have appeared in more than 1200 academic publications and influenced the lives of many others through public policy throughout the world.


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