Showcase your best work behind the camera at the Otago Museum’s 15th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition. Submit your shot of a plant, an animal or an example of human impact on the natural environment to be in to win fantastic prizes.

Developed in partnership with Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse and supported by Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours.

Competition open 10 March–5 May for all Otago residents

Enter online at or pick up an entry form from the Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin or Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, 190 George Street, Dunedin.

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

Photography is a powerful scientific tool; join us to discover its role in the advancement of science and technology. Dissect an eye and a camera to see their similarities and find out how you can contribute to science by taking photos with your cellphone – say cheese!

DAILY from Friday 18 April to Sunday 4 May, 11am and 3pm
FREE with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Discovery World Science Show

Uncover the secrets of magicians, learn the tricks of the trade behind spectacular science and perform your own amazing experiments. Use your powers of levitation to defy gravity and instantly freeze liquid in the blink of an eye!

DAILY during the school holidays from 18 April to 4 May,
FREE with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Tāngata Whenua Gallery Tour

Could you lasso the sun or deceive the goddess of fire? Test your bravery and join Māui, the shapeshifting trickster of Māori legend, as he performs heroic feats in the Tāngata Whenua Gallery.

EVERY Sunday, Monday and Friday from 20 April to 4 May, 2.30 pm, FREE!
Please meet at the Information Desk

School Holiday Shock-buster

Have you ever wanted to be invisible? Meet the Museum's own Invisible Man and watch him disappear into thin air! Look into magnificent mirrors, learn how to bend light and create your very own crazy kaleidoscope.

Tuesday 22 April, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential Limited places $2 per person
Book at the Information Desk Ph 03 4747474
or online at
Book now

Live Performance

Commemorate Anzac Day with friends and family at the Otago Museum. Enjoy toe-tapping, World War One inspired entertainment with the Calder Prescott Trio followed by a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit or two.

WW100 Logo Process 2  
Friday 25 April, 1pm, Atrium Level 1, FREE!

NHNZ Film Screening

Free from introduced predators, Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara) lying off Stewart Island is a remnant of an ancient world long forgotten. See this primeval paradise through the eyes of the birds that live there.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April
Barclay Theatre
Entry by gold coin donation

Autumn Storytelling Series

Join us on a storytelling adventure as we discover the magnificent creatures of the Museum. Hear a story and then create your own charming critters to collect, take home with you and keep.

Bound up to Animal Attic and meet the pride of Otago Museum! Hear The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreas and David Wojtowycz, and decorate your own lion love heart pillow to curl up with at home.

Sunday 27 April
Animal Attic

School Holiday Shock-buster

Meet our enchanting puppeteer extraordinaire and explore the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Learn the secrets of shadows, see peculiar puppets and make a super shadow puppet of your own to take home.

Tuesday 29 April, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential Limited places
Book at the Information Desk
Ph 03 4747474
or online
$2 per person
Book now

Expert Talk

An ocean-going waka is coming to Otago waters for the first time in many centuries. Haunui, a 72-foot double-hulled sailing waka, recently completed an epic 30,000 nautical mile voyage across the Pacific using traditional Polynesian navigation knowledge. For all people and owned by all nations, Haunui sails with the mission of revitalising waka culture and knowledge within the Pacific, protecting the environment and promoting awareness of the oceans, pollution and climate change.

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr founded Te Toki Voyaging Trust, which purchased the waka and brought it to New Zealand. Join him to share in the amazing journeys of the ocean-going waka Haunui and his vision for its future.

Tuesday 29 April, 5.30pm, Hutton Theatre
Entrance by koha donation to keep the voyaging dream alive.

Discovery Club Term Two

When did the universe begin? Where did time start? How did everything come to be like it is? Discovery Club travels through time each week in term two to investigate the birth of stars, the origin of the elements and the beginnings of the physical world.

EVERY Thursday from 15 May to 3 June, 3.30pm,
$12 per child for one session, $75 per child for all eight sessions
Book now

NHNZ Film Screening

The Equator is the climatic and evolutionary powerhouse of the world. Journey to the equatorial Pacific Ocean to explore unexpected oases filled with unusual animals in two remarkable locations – the Palmyra Atoll and the Galapagos Islands.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May
Barclay Theatre
Entry by gold coin donation