School Holiday Trail

Disappear down the rabbit hole in search of the Museum's missing Bucchero chalice, last spotted at a tea-party in Wonderland. Complete the trail to help Alice find the chalice.

DAILY from Friday 18 April to Sunday 4 May, please collect your trail from the Discovery Desk, Atrium Level 1, FREE!

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

Investigation Station

People all over the world mask themselves to keep safe, conceal their identity or for many other reasons. Demystify deceptive disguises and test out some crafty camouflage for yourself!

Daily at 3.30pm from Friday 18 April to Sunday 4 May, Atrium level one, FREE!

Tropical Forest Show

It's rainy season in the Tropical Forest. Get set to get wet and explore the colourful truth about rainbows and their promises of pots filled with gold!

EVERY Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 19 April until 4 May, 2pm, Tropical Forest,
FREE with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Freaky Science Show

Do you always know when you're being encouraged to spend, spend, spend? From product placement to scented shops, advertisers have many ways to convince you to buy their goods! Discover the tricks of the trade in the advertisements we see and those we don’t!

EVERY Saturday and Thursday from 19 April to 3 May, 2.30pm, Barclay Theatre, FREE!

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

Discovery Squad April 2014

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!

Whole day sessions: $52 per child
Half day sessions: $29 per child
8.30am-1pm OR 1pm-5.30pm
10% discount when booking all 8 days
Ages 5 - 12, fully supervised
Dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or pre-order your lunch from our Café!
Bookings essential - please contact the Information Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online at

WEEKDAYS during the school holidays from Tuesday 22 April to Friday 2 May
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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
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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
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