Otago Museum, Dunedin

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#2 of 27 in Museums in Otago Region
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One of New Zealand's premier cultural centers, Otago Museum boasts a vast and varied collection of science and humanities exhibits from home and abroad. Many visitors begin their tour with the Southern Land, Southern People collection, where they can learn about the natural history of Otago and view the country's largest fossil specimen. Galleries covering subjects such as Maori heritage, Pacific cultures, and the maritime history of the region help give you a better understanding of this corner of the world. For something from farther afield, head to the People of the World collection, where Islamic ceramics, Indian armor, and classical coins are all on display. Those with kids won't want to miss the museum's interactive science center, home to a tropical rainforest environment filled with colorful butterflies. Put Otago Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dunedin trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The receptionist was so nice that she called me a taxi to go to the castle though that was not her job.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We like museums and Otago is one of the best in New Zealand. I have been before but it was a first time for our son who we thought may be distracted but he was totally immersed. Even a nice cuppa and ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    What a fantastic museum! Besides the many floors of interesting displays, the Maori culture and NZ history (including a replica of one of the ship's cabin to enter) there is the Butterfly house off th...  more »
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  • Free admission. One of the best museum in New Zealand. It has a lot of interesting old and new (occasional) collections. I found a display of Sir Edmund Hillary is the most attractive part.
  • An excellent museum with a lot of very nice exhibits on New Zealand topics. It is especially nice they can offer this experience for free. Overall I liked and learned more from the Otago Settlers Museum down the road, but this is definitely worth a visit, and the topics don't overlap. A few hours is enough to see most of the interesting parts of this museum.
  • Awesome exhibits! Went in, and from first impressions, was underwhelmed​, but everything is just hidden away! Once you actually go up to the exhibits, they're really cool and have lots of variety. The animal attic all the way at the top is a must see!
  • Free entry. Great paid area for the kids. Discovery world and tropical forest are must dos.
  • Fun experience, the kids really enjoyed the Butterfly's being released (cost to get in but worth it) The museum has plenty to keep the kids and the adults engrossed for hours. We had lunch in the café, the food and coffee was good.

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