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Otago Museum, Dunedin
(4.8/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The exhibits on early settlers and on the Maori early settlers was well done and interesting. The museum shop has some very nice things also. They also have a lift for those with physical problems. 
  • On a gray and wet day we decided that exploring the Dunedin museums made a lot of sense. We really enjoyed the museum, particularly the Maori and the Polynesian/Melanesian exhibit. In fact the Melanes...  more »
  • This museum regularly updates it displays, therefore don't write it off as "I've seen it before". Go again, and again! Well laid out, very informative displays with some quite interactive. It is a nic...  more »
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  • FABULOUS museum. One of the favs for my now 17 yo son. Discovery World and the Butterflies are a real highlight for the kids. Although neither my son or I like the butterflies fluttering... I have no idea why...lol! The Museum shop is fab too; got some really cool stuff. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Great museum, knowledgeable staff and great programmes for the kids during school holidays
  • Focuses pretty heavily on Otago specific things, like the gold rush. I was personally hoping for more natural history with animals, which I found to be a bit lacking. Not a bad museum though, the free exhibits are worth it if you're looking for something to kill an hour or two with.
  • Nice museum, lots of different exhibits to keep everyone occupied. Nice cafe too.
  • A good museum. Girlfriend loved the butterfly's and there was lots of interactive things to mess around with.