Create an unforgettable experience with a birthday party at the Otago Museum. 

Every child should have a Museum birthday bash at least once in their life! Choose from a range of themed party options and have a party that is both fun and educational – you can even turn the party into a sleepover!

All parties at the Museum are hosted by one of our Museum Communicators and include invitations, a hands-on activity of your choice, themed face-painting, time in Discovery World and a gift for the birthday boy or girl!

Make an enquiry with the Parties team

A variety of exciting themes are available for your party and can be tailored depending on your child’s interests.

Party theme favourites

  • Ancient Egyptians
  • Under the Sea
  • Antics in the Animal Attic
  • Mad, Mad Science
  • Prehistoric Party
  • Bling-bling Birthday
  • Go Tropical

Customize your theme

Love something in particular at the Museum? It may be available as a theme – please ask your party planner.

Adventure through the Museum, celebrate in our party room, spend the night at the Museum or have breakfast with the butterflies! Choose your favourite party option from the list below.

Ultimate Adventure Party

Take an adventure through the Museum! This party includes:

  • Party host
  • All day admission to Discovery World and the Tropical Forest
  • Themed face painting
  • A hands-on activity led by your party host
  • A gift for the birthday boy or girl
  • Free admission for two accompanying adults to Discovery World and the Tropical Forest
  • Party bags filled with goodies are available for each child at an additional cost of $3 per child

$20 per child – Discovery World Tropical Forest admission fee applies for additional adults.

Super Deluxe Party

Celebrate at the Museum in our special party room! This party includes:

  • Party host
  • All day admission to Discovery World and the Tropical Forest,
    including a special tour through the Tropical Forest
    with your party host
  • Themed face painting
  • A hands-on activity led by your party host
  • A gift for the birthday boy or girl
  • Free admission for two accompanying adults to Discovery World and the Tropical Forest
  • Exclusive use of the Discovery Pad party room, decorated to suit your chosen theme, with party music and balloons
  • A selection of children’s party food
  • Catering options can be tailored to suit your group’s needs (changes from the standard menu may have an additional cost)
  • Party bags filled with goodies are available for each child at an additional cost of $3 per child

$27 per child – Discovery World Tropical Forest admission fee applies for additional adults.

Night at the Museum

Turn your party into a sleepover! This party includes:

  • Party host
  • Private use of Discovery World*
  • Themed face painting
  • A hands-on activity led by your party host
  • A gift for the birthday boy or girl
  • A mysterious night-time adventure
  • An overnight sleepover in Discovery World
  • A selection of children’s party food – supper and breakfast
  • Catering options can be tailored to suit your group’s needs (changes from the standard menu may have an additional cost)
  • Party bags filled with goodies are available for each child at an additional cost of $3 per child

$695 for up to 15 people (including adults), $38 per additional person.

*Please note this option does not include entry to the Tropical Forest.

Overnight in the Tropics

Have the hottest party in town with this exciting sleepover! Party includes:

  • Party host
  • Private use of Discovery World and the Tropical Forest
  • Tropical dress ups and face painting
  • A hands-on activity led by your party host
  • A gift for the birthday boy or girl
  • A mysterious night-time adventure
  • An overnight sleepover in Discovery World
  • Film screening on the Tropical Forest’s Big Screen
  • A selection of children’s party food – supper and breakfast with the butterflies
  • Catering options can be tailored to suit your group’s needs (changes from the standard menu may have an additional cost)
  • Party bags filled with goodies are available for each child at an additional cost of $3 per child

$1,050 for up to 15 people, $48 per additional person including adults.

A minimum of 10 party guests is required. One adult per 10 children must stay for the whole party.

A 20% deposit is required to secure your party booking. This is non-refundable if the party is cancelled within 48 hours of the event.

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions when booking.

To fill out our party brochure electronically, please save a copy of the form as a PDF and then open it in Adobe Reader. By using the ‘Add text comment’ tool you can type directly into the form. Once complete, save the form as a PDF, attach it to an email and send to parties@otagomuseum.govt.nz.