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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  • If only every museum was like this! All of our party, ranging from 7-68 years old, spent 3 hours there and could have stayed longer! Sooooo much to see.  more »
  • What a great renovation - the new science centre is a great asset, not just for Otago Museum but for the city. Great to see family passes are available for a reasonable price. The giant slide was a pa...  more »
  • Otago Museum is the municipal museum around fifteen minutes north of the Octagon on foot. Its exhibit ranges from nature to maritime, ancient to present. Not big but quite comprehensive. Every one can...  more »
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  • Such an awesome place for people of all ages. My favorite place is the Southern Land, Southern People section where they focus a lot on Dunedin's history. There are other cool things to see and uncover here like the Maori and Pasifika section and the animal attic at the very top. Below there is a cafe, although there isn't a fee to enter the museum a donation appears to be appreciated.
  • Although not as flashy as newer museums (in the free section), it does contain many pieces that would prove educational and interesting especially for kids. It's a three storey building and the design is a bit old which gives it much charm and allows the younger generation to have a feel of how museums used to be. A cafe is at the ground floor in case you get hungry and a gift shop is also by the entrance for those who may want a souvenir!
  • The museum has an excellent science center with a planetarium, there's a lot of interactive activities and some brilliant displays. Great to visit particularly on a rainy day. The museum shop and cafe are also excellent. The director Dr Ian Griffin is a very interesting sort of chap himself, well worth following on Twitter.
  • Otago Museum is a great place to visit. The museum pieces are great and numerous and the main museum is free and usually quiet and not crowded. In front of the museum there is a parabolic reflector, you can hear someone whispering from 20 metres away. Great for children. Exhibits include maritime, Maori carvings, and Dunedin history. However, the science centre and planetarium are usually loud and busy. They also cost money to enter, with the science centre costing $15 per adult and $10 per child, with the planetarium shows costing $10 per adult and $7 per child, and children can only go alone if they are over 14. This is only a small part of the museum, and you can enjoy the other parts for free. There is also a café at the museum. Overall, this is a great place to go.
  • Considering the size of Dunedin rate payer base this museum does really well. The exhibition on southern people is interesting for those who haven't come from the area or even those that have. Some good Maori artifacts too

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