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Otago Museum

419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-474 7474
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“butterfly house” (92 reviews)
“discovery world” (45 reviews)
“animal attic” (43 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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+64 3-474 7474
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"butterfly house"
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"discovery world"
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"animal attic"
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"butterfly area"
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"natural history"
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"butterfly room"
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"pacific cultures"
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"stuffed animals"
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"butterfly display"
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"all ages"
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"te papa"
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"rainy day"
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"new zealand"
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"great exhibits"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I walked out of the museum as most of the exhibits were old, dusty and mangy-looking. It looks as if they hadn't had any maintenance of care for a very long time. Definitely overdue for a refurbishment. The most interesting item was the skeleton of...More

Thank Rhondda H
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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for your honest review and we’re pleased you enjoyed the ceramics collection and the whale skeleton. We are very lucky to have a range of items in our collection that are anything from a few months’ old to upwards of 3,000...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum with plenty of unique exhibits and collections. They are grouped into several rooms or floors, such as Animal Attic, Maritime, Nature, Pacific Culture, People of the World, Southern Land, and Tangata Whenua. Entry is free, but there is option of guided tour...More

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the good detailed review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very well maintained museum with a lot of things to explore that are relevant to the region and New Zealand in general - from Maori history to Pacific islands and marine environment. The museum is not only a great bad weather option but should...More

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow thanks for the generous and detailed review! We're glad you enjoyed it so much :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well rounded museum, with nice representation and display. They covered nature, natural science, cultural..Since its my first time in New Zealand, it gave me a very detailed description about every aspect of New Zealand. Also a lot of the animals and plants we...More

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cheers for the great review!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited the museum multiple times and I always love it. There's a great cafe and the exhibits are fantastic. I love the science exhibits and the butterflies are always fabulous to look at. The new upgrade of the science area is very cool.

Thank Maddy_NZ
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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the good review! Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre was recently a joint winner of the Exhibition Excellence – Taonga Māori category at the 2018 ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum awards

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great spot on a rainy day. The butterfly house was a winner & if you’re there in the morning you might be lucky enough to see the new butterflies being released. The natural history exhibits were excellent and presented in an easy to read...More

Thank Cloudsatsea
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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora thanks for the review! We do the First Flight Butterfly Release demonstration 11am weekdays, 11am and 1.30pm on weekends and holidays.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I for one love museums! The lady at the front desk was super helpful when we first arrived! All of the displays were lovely and well thought out however I found some of the rooms on the higher levels, smelt a little bit musty which...More

Thank livvyando_
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OtagoMuseumTeam, marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia ora thanks for the good feedback, we've passed it on to the cafe manager

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Some very interesting artefacts and displays, fascinating if your into geology and palaeontology. Love the film that tells you all about the area too, worth sitting and travelling around Dunedin without getting out of your seat. The Rainforest Butterfly House needs a little TLC but...More

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to share these observations. Please note our butterfly area is an authorised containment facility, so we are required by law to have a staff by the door at all times prevent butterflies accidentally leaving on visitors clothing....More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Spent a morning wandering around the Otago Museum. Simply outstanding. Loads of information, loads of interesting stuff to look at. Was very impressed with the greek vases. Shows how much some other museums have really gone wrong. As a bonus the cafe did a very...More

Thank Washo B
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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia ora thanks for the generous review! We think all museums have something to offer, but we appreciate the compliment nonetheless :)

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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the old building home to many old items. Set in beautiful grounds, right beside the university.

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Cheers for the good review!

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