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Slice of Life: The World Famous Dunedin Study

Slice of Life tells the story of the 1,000 most studied people in the world and what we have learned from their lives so far.

Date & Time

1 Jul - 4 Oct 2020 | 10am - 4pm


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Delve into the lives of the 1,000 most studied people in the world.

The Dunedin Study (officially called The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study) has seen 1,037 Kiwis born in Dunedin between 1972 and 1973 become some of the most studied people in the world.

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 1,200 academic publications and influenced the lives of many others through public policy throughout 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.

Uni days, 1990s.

Technology, furniture, fashion and popular culture artefacts 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 artefacts in the exhibition from their own 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.

Learn more about The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.

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Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 5 at M1, Great North Road.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a wide entrance.

Stairs: no stairs.

Noise: Videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Mobility parking is available on site at M1. Please arrange in advance, see our Accessibility information.


We recommend parking in our large car park at M2 and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.