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Otago Museum

Welcome to one of the world’s best Museums!

Discover the richness and vibrancy of the southern region through outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science.

Whether you have an hour to spare or a day to enjoy, you'll find something to inspire, enlighten or excite you.

Don’t miss Dunedin’s hottest attraction – the Tropical Forest at Discovery World. Enter a lush, living, tropical environment and come face to face with some of nature’s most beautiful butterflies. Hundreds of these enchanting creatures roam free all around you – some even stopping (on you) to say hello!

For a truly uplifting experience, head to an eternal summer at the Otago Museum!

Collection Type
Historic Site, History, Maritime, Natural History, Pacific, Science, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPO Box 6202, Dunedin 9059
Telephone number icon64 3 474 7474
Web address iconhttp://www.otagomuseum.govt.nz
Email address iconmail@otagomuseum.govt.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon419 Great King Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-5pm Closed Christmas Day
Charges iconEntry to the Museum is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. On rare occasions there may be a charge for special exhibitions, though the Museum endeavours to provide free exhibitions wherever possible. Admission charges apply to the Discovery World Tropical Forest.

Wheelchair accessCafeShopFunction SpaceGuided TourPublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets
The Otago Museums offers a rich and varied community programmes schedule with plenty of tours, gallery talks, films, lectures and visitor activities available for all ages. Extensive research facilities, including the Search Centre are free for public use.


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Life Before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters

Special exhibition. Step back 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea in Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters, open at the Otago Museum from Saturday 26 August. This unique ...

Dates: 22-Feb-2018, 23-Feb-2018, 24-Feb-2018

Seaweek - Sea Lion Show

For schools only – please inform the library if your school plans to go. The Stupendous Pinniped Puppet show – meet Leone, a feisty sea lion, and learn about this iconic species that graces our shores (and the ...

Dates: 10-Mar-2018

The Stupendous Pinniped Puppet Parade

Meet Leone, a feisty sea lion, and learn about this iconic species that graces our shores. Have you seen the St Clair statue, a reclining beauty in her fur coat, called 'Mum'? Who is she? Find this out and more! ...

Dates: 10-Mar-2018

Sounds Amazing!

Explosions! Stand back… and cover your ears! Find out how big a bang liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide and helium can really make. Explosions on the hour: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Take off: Get ...

Dates: 30-Mar-2018

Add a Pinch of Salt to Your Nature Photography

Expert Talk: The cool and colourful coastal animals and plants of our shores are waiting for their share of the limelight! Otago Wildlife Photography Competition judge and well-known Dunedin nature photographer Rod ...

Dates: 21-Apr-2018

Yoga With the Butterflies

Hot Yoga Dunedin class. Exercise with a difference, alongside the butterflies in our Tropical Forest! Hot Yoga Dunedin instructors lead a gentle hatha yoga class focusing on moving slowly through basic poses and using ...

Dates: 10-May-2018