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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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Our Otago Mummy

Expert Talk: Last year, Dr Louisa Baillie completed a facial approximation of our Egyptian mummy. With the use of new medical imaging software, she and other scientists were able to re-examine digital scans that were ...

Dates: 21-Jun-2018

The Resonance Trio

An acoustic ensemble performing original compositions and novel arrangements of jazz standards. Atrium Level 2.

Dates: 24-Jun-2018

Weaving With the Multicultural Weavers Association

Hands-on Workshop. Learn the art of weaving with the Multicultural Weavers Association led by award-winning Samoan weaver Emma Kesha. Suitable for all levels, come and join us in a relaxed and friendly ...

Dates: 24-Jun-2018

Digital breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering

Expert talk: With an ageing population and chronic disease on the rise, new healthcare approaches are needed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. In this talk, MacDiarmid Medal winner Professor Merryn Tawhai ...

Dates: 28-Jun-2018

Science Matters

Discover states of matter like you’ve never seen before. In this free lunchtime show, see air turn to liquid, tantalise your taste buds with delicious clouds of tropical juice, and sink your fingers into piles of ...

Dates: 07-Jul-2018, 08-Jul-2018, 09-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018, 12-Jul-2018 View more sessions


Family fun. Get your PJs on and your torches out to explore Otago Museum’s galleries by night, and expect to bump into a few unusual characters along the way… Uncover stories and juicy facts about some of the ...

Dates: 07-Jul-2018

Mesmerising Metamorphosis: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Family Fun Get hands-on exploring the life cycle of a caterpillar as it changes into a butterfly! Listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by the University Bookshop's storyteller, create your own caterpillar craft ...

Dates: 09-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018

Anthonie Tonnon - A Synthesized Universe

Live performance. Anthonie Tonnon has developed a reputation as one of Aotearoa’s most innovative musicians. Like many songwriters, Tonnon examines the human condition, but he does so through unusually specific ...

Dates: 12-Jul-2018, 13-Jul-2018, 13-Jul-2018, 14-Jul-2018, 14-Jul-2018