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

What is fun? Being daring or having a laugh? Quiet times alone or hanging out with friends? Stimulate your senses to discover what happens in your body when you're having fun – you’ll never be bored again!

EVERY Saturday and Sunday from 17 May to 22 June, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World, FREE with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Marine Protection in Otago

In this series, meet an expert, become involved in interesting research, be inspired to explore today's issues and learn how to take part in research projects around the globe.

Ellen Sima from the Museum's Natural Science team speaks about the changing perceptions of the ocean and how this impacts public support for marine protection.

Saturday 26 July, drop in from 1pm to 3pm, Search Centre, gold coin donation

NHNZ Film Screening

Using archive footage, computer animation and expert interviews, we investigate the anatomy of a tsunami and build a picture of the ultimate disaster, a hypothetical mega-tsunami!




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

Lectures and Workshop Series

Explore the factors that shaped how people arranged, furnished and decorated their homes during Victorian and Edwardian times in Dunedin, illustrated by early photographs from the Hocken Collections. Dunedin domestic interiors from 1865 to 1915 will be presented by Anna Petersen, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Hocken Collections of the University of Otago Library.


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Friday 1 August, 12.30pm, Otago Community Trust Conservatory, H D Skinner Annex, FREE

Lectures and Workshop Series

From the 1920s the appearance and planning of houses changed greatly, driven by new technology and fashions. Michael Findlay, design historian and Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago's Department of Applied Sciences will use examples from Dunedin to show these trends in action in his lecture The modern house in Dunedin 1920–1950.

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Wednesday 6 August, 5.30pm, Hutton Theatre, FREE

Canterbury Quakes Explained

In the fourth Royal Society Ten by Ten talk, Principal GNS Scientist Dr Martin Reyners reveals how his research in subduction zones has explained some of the more puzzling features of the Canterbury earthquakes: why there was a long delay between the large earthquakes, why they involved so much shaking, and why they migrated to the east.

Dr Reyners describes how Marsden-funded research was able to three-dimensionally model the rock structure under New Zealand, and explains why our tectonic plates are locked together in some places and not in others.

Thursday 7 August, 5.30pm, Hutton Theatre, Free

Research Your Home Workshop

Due to popular demand the Research Your Home Workshop is returning!

Ever wondered about the story of your house? Heritage New Zealand is hosting a workshop, alongside presenters from Archives New Zealand and the DCC Archives, on how to research the history of your home. Get the inside scoop on go-to sources, and don't forget to bring your questions as you join us for a relaxed wander through the records of yesteryear.

Tea and coffee provided.

Programme Details:

Architectural styles
Certificates of titles and deed books
Certificates of Title, deed books, survey plans at Archives New Zealand with Amy Coleman
More about survey plans

Morning tea

Architectural plans
Rates books,  valuation rolls and other useful records at the DCC Archives with Alison Breese
Fabric analysis
Questions and Round up


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Saturday 23 August, 9.30am–1pm, Theomin Balcony, H D Skinner Annex, FREE, places limited, bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.govt.nz
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