Otago Museum, Dunedin

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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. To visit Otago Museum and get the most from your holiday in Dunedin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dunedin trip site .
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  • [1] the visit because of bad weather and cold is a free Museum featured was surprised in the configuration. Museum of natural history and not much love lost but one stars as personal preference if you have a child once told me to visit. Motion to move into the screen, and the history of New Zealand and the Kiwi model, etc. Paid admission ticket to enter the long and winding road, but it also takes a pretty long time big free eclectic Museum. On the first floor have got the wide grass lawn in front of the Museum Café, and a cup of coffee is also good.
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  • Free entry to the museum. Planetarium is extra to see a video but worth it. Dinosaur exhibit is also extra but good . They are $10 each or $17 for both for an adult. Plenty to see and coffee shop is g...  more »
  • Best museum ever, it is free but worth donating a reasonable sum into the donations container. We could have stayed the whole day  more »
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  • My family enjoyed a recent visit to the Planetarium to celebrate a significant birthday. We had a private show at very reasonable cost and this was tailored to the night sky of the date of birth of the birthday boy. An excellent commentary by the presenter. A great addition to the Otago Museum. Very comfortable seats also.
  • Good place for a rainy day - but avoid weekends as gets swarmed with kids. Same exhibitions are pretty good (Pacific islands) though lack a bit of depth. Could be more interactive. The special Wilde life photography exhibition was disappointing - unless you like your aunt photos of her cat... sort of Dunning-Kruger effect in action.
  • Absolutely brilliant museum. Spent a good three hours here and could easily have sent a few more. Well maintained, lots of displays to keep even little people absorbed. Really well done.
  • Personally came for the "people of the world" section which had a section dedicated to Greek pottery. Really cool range of exhibits, and completely free! Great fun for anyone.
  • Love the first release at the butterfly house. The Hillary artifacts really interesting. Fantastic little gift shop with great quality merchandise... Not too kitschy. Really enjoyed our day here.

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