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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: 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 20-Dec-2017, 21-Dec-2017, 22-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Decorate a Greek-inspired Pot

According to ancient Greek mythology, herbs were believed to have magical powers. They encouraged good luck and great health; boosted endurance and courage; and symbolised joy, happiness and peace. Decorate your own ...

Dates: 18-Dec-2017

Create Your Own Furoshiki

Get inspiration from the kimono in the People of the World gallery then create your own furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese cloth used to wrap gifts and goods. Design your own stamp then transform fabric to ...

Dates: 19-Dec-2017

Make an Egyptian-inspried Candle

Candles have been used to illuminate human activities for more than 5000 years. The first candles may have been made by the Ancient Egyptians who used torches made from reeds soaked in melted animal fat. Make your own ...

Dates: 20-Dec-2017

Christmas at OM – City Choir

Celebrate Christmas with traditional carols performed under our tree by members of City Choir Dunedin.

Dates: 23-Dec-2017