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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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The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

Sitting astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, New Zealand is prone to earthquakes. But Aotearoa is also dotted with cones and calderas, and Kiwis should keep in mind that the Taupō Eruption was ...

Dates: 26-Jul-2018

Dunedin Rock Choir

Performing everything from Coldplay to Meat Loaf and Cyndi Lauper to R.E.M., the infectious enthusiasm of the Dunedin Rock Choir will have you rocking to the beat and tapping your feet!

Dates: 29-Jul-2018

The Otago Institute - What's Hot?

Four speakers each take ten minutes to describe the big breakthroughs or events in their research and practice during the last year: - What's hot in animal law? Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, Faculty of Law, University of ...

Dates: 01-Aug-2018

Yoga With the Butterflies

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 breathing to remain ...

Dates: 02-Aug-2018

Weaving With the Multicultural Weavers Association

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 environment. All materials ...

Dates: 05-Aug-2018

Aurora Energy Science & Technology Fair 2018

View exhibits from schools across Otago in the annual Aurora Energy Science & Technology Fair. This annual regional fair encourages students to expand their scientific and technological thinking to produce projects ...

Dates: 07-Aug-2018, 08-Aug-2018, 09-Aug-2018, 10-Aug-2018, 11-Aug-2018

Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell’s Diary of a Bookseller, described by one reviewer as “among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve read”, is a wry account of life as the owner of Scotland’s largest second-hand ...

Dates: 02-Sep-2018

INNZ Conference 2018

Learn from leading interpreters in New Zealand at INNZ Conference 2018. This conference is an expert learning and networking opportunity for visitor engagement professionals and heritage interpreters. It is your ...

Dates: 06-Sep-2018, 06-Sep-2018

Guiding Workshop

The craft of guiding: face-to-face interpretation workshop. Would you like to be more effective in communicating your message while guiding? At the end of this one day workshop you will have at least three new ...

Dates: 07-Sep-2018