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Address: 419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-474 7474
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Well done, a nice little museum

I had high expectations and this museum did not disappoint. It is well thought out and the exhibits covered a wide range of New Zealand relevant items. NZ exhibits include... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2011
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Columbus, Ohio
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

I had high expectations and this museum did not disappoint. It is well thought out and the exhibits covered a wide range of New Zealand relevant items. NZ exhibits include: Maori art and culture, pacific island culture, geology and earth science and early settlement of area. These were the areas that I was interested in looking at. I also liked... More 

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Great lay out and range of displays along with a gift store, cafe and live tropical butterful habitat. Great for all the family.

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The Catlins, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2011

The Museum itself is excellent with an amazing natural history section, be sure to check out the warrior with the coconut fibre and coral armour in the Pacific Island section. The other highlight was the the Butterfly Enclosure with hundreds of tropical butterflys flying around socialising landing on your head etc. - BUT the best thing there was not the... More 

Thank Slightly_Wst_of_Sane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2011

This is a must if you have young to teenage children. The science museum part is fully hands on and the butterfly house is amazing. Very hot so wear layers. You'll be able to spend hours here easy.

Thank DaMaPaOz
New Zealander
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2011

Whenever we visit Dunedin - this is a must do for everyone in the family. We can spend 1-2 hours in the Butterfly House. It truly is the happiest place in the universe. Adults and kids alike are spellbound when that most magical of creatures - the butterflies alight on one's shoulder, hand, back... Everyone walks round with a broad... More 

Thank FamilyOE
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

The butterfly house in the museum was a welcome surprise. Not waht you expect in a museum. Thousands of live butterflies!

Thank Itchyfeet172
New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2011

Thoroughly absorbed and could have spent much more time viewing. Really enjoyed the Moa's and New Zealand's extinct birds feature.

Thank Oscar2NewZealand
New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

On a brief trip to Dunedin we were so taken with the excellence of the Otago Museum that we went back for a second visit. The facilities, including an excellent café, encourage the visitor to linger longer. Displays are authentic and authoritative, informative and sometimes interactive. Some, such as the excellent geologically-based Southern Land, Southern People exhibit, are of regional... More 

Thank katemNewZealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

I thought that the Otago Museum offered an outstanding variety of exhibits that one could spend anywhere from an hour to see a few exhibits that "strike your fancy" to an entire morning or afternoon to see most of the galleries in more detail. The museum is open and spacious with welcoming galleries. I particularly enjoyed the maritime and zoological... More 

Thank MobileResident
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2011

You can take your own food in which is handy if visiting with kids! But the cafe is great! Always interesting and the shop on there is good too!

Thank Waikouaiti

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