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

Lecture 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.

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

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

Lecture 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.

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

Cause an uproar!

Celebrate the Animal Attic's birthday with Otago Museum's famous Lawrence Lions! Stretch out at storytelling, get crafty and enjoy some ferocious face-painting as we celebrate the birthday of one of our most popular galleries. 

Storytelling: The Lawrence Lions
Enjoy a special reading of The Lawrence Lions by its author Clare Blackmore. 

Tasty titbits
Get up close to the Lawrence Lions and use them as inspiration to decorate your own lion cookie.

Storytelling: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Hear The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr and discover just how much the biggest cat eats!

Furry fashion
Whatever your favourite feline, make your own furry headband and tail. 

Crafty cats
Use your paper folding skills to create an origami 'king of the jungle'.

Colourful camouflage face-painting 
Be transformed into your favourite big cat and blend into the Animal Attic with stripes or a mane. 

Sunday 10 August, 11.30am–3pm, Animal Attic, Free

Live at the Otago Museum

Enjoy an uplifting concert from the Southern Children's Choir, Dunedin's future vocal stars directed by leading New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie.

Sunday 10 August, 1pm, Atrium Level 1, Free

Zombie Adventure Tour and Workshop

Zombies are lurking in the most surprising places... even in Animal Attic! Train to be a next generation zombie warrior, learn to recognize animal zombies and make your own zombie survival bracelet.

Meet at the information Desk, suitable for ages 8 and over.

Zombies On Screen

Come dressed as a zombie and act out your own green screen scene. Win one of three chances to be zombified by professional make-up artist George Wallace

Zombie Adventure Tour and Workshop:
Saturday 16 August and Sunday 17 August, 1pm, meet at the Information Desk, suitable for ages 8 and over.
Adventure tour: Free | Workshop: Gold Coin

Zombies on Screen: Sunday 17 August, 12pm
Atrium Level 1, Free

Living Culture Workshop

Learn the living art of Korowai weaving every third Sunday of the month with Robin Hill, a member of the Ocean View Weaving Group and author of the blog Robin Weaves Korowai. Try your hand at basic knots or work your way up to your first cloak. Starter kits are available on the day for $35. Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome!

For more information call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474.

Sunday 17 August, 2pm, Tāngata Whenua, Free

Lecture and Workshop Series

The Research Your Home Workshop is back by popular demand!

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

Programme details available online; tea and coffee provided.

Saturday 23 August, 9.30am–1pm, Theomin Balcony, Otago Museum 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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