The story of some of the South Island's first arrivals, Kai Tahu Maori, features prominently in the modernised Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
The Dunedin museum reopened on Friday after two-and-a-half years and $37.5 million upgrade.
The Ngai Tahu Advisory Group helped the museum add the Maori word 'Toitu' to its name - which means to be preserved forever.
David Ellison, of Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki Marae, says the South Island museum is a venue for the people to remember their ancestors.
Mr Ellision says visitors will congregate and think about their tipuna and consider their own futures.