Otago Museum

Otago Museum, Dunedin: Hours, Address, Otago Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Otago Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Michelle T
Timaru, New Zealand530 contributions
Family
My grandson and i went to the Planetarium experience at Otago Museum. Wow....what a cool experience. You felt like you were really outside seeing the stars and planets for real. Learned about planets and the stars...so pleased we went
Written 30 July 2022
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Kinc0ra
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
We went through the science exhibition to the rainforest area and butterfly enclosure. There were very few butterflies~ the guides explained that in winter they stay up near the lights and fiberglass at the top, and blamed Covid delays for the lack of butterflies to breed. I was surprised that even here, Covid is blamed for the lack of something! Since it costs to go in, perhaps it could be discounted. The science section was fun as it was hands on with many activities including a 3 storey multicoloured slide! My daughter also enjoyed the pac man challenge. Signage was very good as were the instructions for exhibits. The cafe prices are ok and it closes at 3pm.
Written 2 July 2022
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twistina05
21 contributions
Family
Was fantastically surprised by the content in the museum. Each section was varied with a variety of exhibits to tell the story.
We brought our pram and it was no problem getting around with it.
Written 30 June 2022
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James D
8 contributions
This is a great place to find all the loot stolen by the Anglos/British stashed in useless museums in the middle of now where. No respect for people that steal other peoples culture, art, and history. Have some respect for the Indians, return their stuff. At least the Germans were forced to return their stolen goods, these people display this stuff in the place like they made it.
Written 11 June 2022
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kinx81
Hamilton, New Zealand799 contributions
Couples
Very impressed on all the free galleries but do pay the extra to get access to the science centre and planetarium! Two adults cost $30 and we were entertained for over two hours looking at the exhibits. Went right at opening on Sunday and had the science centre practically to ourselves - for about 20 min, which meant we could ride the three storey slide with no kids around lol!

Butterfly exhibit was so cool. We were there for the release of the newly hatched butterflies and got to hold one and take pics. Very humid in there but there are cubby holes outside to hold your jackets.

The planetarium show at 10:30 was a brief 15 min showcase of whatever people in the audience wanted to see. (Jupiter, Milky Way, Saturn…) very cool

The animal attic was quite interesting and loved the weird and wonderful artwork.

Great gift shop.
Written 8 May 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind review of Otago Museum and the Tūhura Science Centre! We're also glad you got to enjoy our free planetarium showcase in the morning.
Written 9 May 2022
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Gin
Glenfield, New Zealand3 contributions
Family
Easily one or the best museums in New Zealand. Always seeing something new each time I go. Animal attic is my favourite, and the butterflies are amazing !
Written 30 April 2022
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Thank you for your kind review! Please come back again anytime.
Written 5 May 2022
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Benji A
3 contributions
Friends
One of Dunedins real treasures. I've frequently visited since I was child, yet always discover something new! Staff are always super friendly and very knowledgeable. A must visit if you are in Dunedin!
Written 28 April 2022
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Thanks for your review of Otago Museum. We strive to make our space a place for Dunedinites (and visitors) to grow and learn. Kia ora!
Written 9 May 2022
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Julia C
2 contributions
Family
Best family day out. Totally something for all of us even the teenagers. Thanks to all the wonderful staff
Written 28 April 2022
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Cheers for the review of Otago Museum! We welcome you to return any time.
Written 9 May 2022
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travelmagpie
Dunedin, New Zealand67 contributions
Family
What a great place to visit. My two year old grand daughter loves the butterflies (especially the turtle that lives with them) and the Animal Attic, and she loved the Sea Monsters exhibition. Margery Blackman's textiles are gorgeous. The Museum's contributions to the Wild Dunedin Festival were incredible, and my fave was the elephant seal skeleton laid out on the floor. My older grandkids are fascinated by the mummy of course. I'm looking forward to spending some time with the Kura Pounamu Exhibition.
Written 28 April 2022
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Thank you for your review! Please come back again some time :)
Written 9 May 2022
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Anna L
Dunedin3 contributions
Couples
The Sea Creatures exhibit was fascinating, and the knitted fossils in the Animal Attic were amazing.
Written 28 April 2022
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Kia ora Anna. Thanks for your kind words about our Sea Monsters exhibition.
Written 16 May 2022
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Otago Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM