Ever witnessed the first flight of a butterfly? Be there for that special moment and help release the young butterflies to take flight in the Tropical Forest. Join us every morning to learn about the amazing transformation butterflies go through before they can take flight!

Tropical Forest
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

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.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 16 August to 21 September, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Discovery World Science Show

Learn about some of the heaviest and lightest gases in the universe from planets and stars, inside you and in everyday objects. Observe the physical and chemical properties of these gases to discover where we come from, and where we are going!

Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June, and daily during the school holidays from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 20 July, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World Theatre
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Investigation Station

The plants around us can have many uses and benefits, but they can also make us sick or even kill us! Explore the origins of ethnobotany before putting your recognition skills to the test to figure out which of the plants are nice or nasty. 

Daily from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 20 July, 3.30pm
Atrium Level 1

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. Hear a classic story and get creative with collectable activities to make and take home.

Get your green fingers ready and help us celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the University of Otago's Botany Department. Learn about the importance of plants, hear Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole and make your own eco-friendly, take-home planter to nurture your chosen seed.

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Sunday 14 September, 11am, Nature Gallery, Free

School Holiday Programme

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!


WEEKDAYS during the school holidays from Monday 29 September to Friday 10 October. Whole day sessions: $52 per child 8.30am–5.30pm, half day sessions: $29 per child 8.30am–1pm OR 1pm–5.30pm; 10% discount when booking all 10 days. Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or let us pre-order your lunch from our Café. Bookings essential – please contact the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.govt.nz
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