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Otago Museum Discovery World

Since 1868, the Otago Museum has been sharing its world-class collection of over 1.5 million objects, telling stories of nature, culture and science from Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Eight free galleries showcase the fascinating and the unique, the biggest and the best. See the most comprehensive collection of articulated moa skeletons in Southern Land, Southern People, explore the treasures of early Māori in Tāngata Whenua, walk alongside a fin whale skeleton in Maritime and encounter an eight-member rat king in the Victorian-inspired Animal Attic.

Journey to the edge of the universe in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium and explore the beautiful nature of science in the world''s first laser-activated digital gallery.

The Museum is also host to a busy schedule of fun, family-friendly programmes and events running throughout the year including hands-on workshops, makerspace activities, live performances, science shows, gallery trails and more.

Short on time but want to discover the heart of the collection? Touring the galleries with a Museum Guide is the best way to experience the rich offerings of the Otago Museum.

Please note – Otago Museum’s popular Discovery World Tropical Forest is closed for the construction of the second stage of the development of its highly anticipated science centre.

Reopening in December this year, the Museum’s latest attraction, supported by $500,000 in funding from the Otago Community Trust, will be home to 50 new science interactives and a refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly house. The centre will also encompass the world-first, digitally interactive Beautiful Science gallery and Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, which were both completed in December 2015 during stage one of the project.

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Address: 419 Great King Street ,Dunedin
Phone: +64 03 474 7474  
Fax: +64 3 477 5993
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GPS coordinates: -45.865155,170.510358

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