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Chaos rules these school holidays at the Otago Museum! Delve into the start of the universe, chaos myths, probability and more as you find order in disorder.

For a holiday full of fun and excitement, sign your kids up for Discovery Squad at the Otago Museum. Overflowing with awesome themed activities, Discovery Squad activates and stimulates young minds!

Discovery World Science Show

How far-fetched are horror stories? Can science explain the supernatural? Sort fact from fiction as we explore the physics of extraterrestrial travel, uncover how zombie brains function and demonstrate seeming superpowers.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Daily from 27 September to 12 October, 1pm
Discovery World Theatre

Interactive Exploration

Teeming forests, hordes of greedy caterpillars and erratic butterfly flight may seem chaotic and haphazard, but looks can be deceiving! Join us for an interactive exploration and find order hidden in disorder.

Throughout the day, daily from Saturday 27 September to Sunday 12 October
Tropical Forest
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Adventure Tour

Mythical beasts are causing chaos in the Otago Museum! Help Magnificent Maxine unravel confusing riddles and calm confounded creatures as she journeys through the galleries to restore order.

Free, 2.30pm
Every Saturday and Thursday from 27 September to 11 October
Meet at the Information Desk

Gallery Trail

An unexpected storm has caused chaos at the Otago Museum! Your help is needed to restore order. Answer questions about chaos-related items and seek out misplaced objects in each gallery to gather clues. 

Free, all day from Saturday 27 September to Sunday 12 October
Collect your trail from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

Discovery World Science Show

Can you crack chaos? Experience a huge volcanic eruption and learn to predict storm paths and insect invasions by finding order in chaos!

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission, 11am and 3pm
Daily during the school holidays from Saturday 27 September to Sunday 12 October
Discovery World Theatre

Freaky Science Show

Think maths is useless? Think again! Convince your friends you can read their minds with algebra and use geometry to get the most pizza for your money as you discover radical mathematics.

Free, 2pm
Every Monday and Friday during the school holidays from 29 September to 10 October
Atrium Level 1

School Holiday Shock-buster

From unexpected weather to the roll of a dice, chaos is everywhere. Discover how the tiniest change can have ginormous consequences, capture chaos in a bottle and observe the ripple effect!

$3 per child, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Wednesday 8 October
Atrium Level 1
Limited places, bookings essential – call the Information Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online at
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Spring Storytelling Series

Join us on a storytelling safari series and venture around the Museum's galleries to learn fantastic facts about our collection and the world. 

Delve into our Gifts and Legacies exhibition and discover what hidden treasures lie in the Otago Museum. Hear Russell and the Lost Treasure by Rob Scotton and make your own keepsake box to preserve your prized possessions.

Free, 11am, Sunday 12 October, Atrium Level 1