Otago Museum, Dunedin

4.7
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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  • Museum free of charge is the wide variety of exhibits and watch firm, about 2 hours is required. I had many exhibits about nature particularly Otago and South Island.
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  • Very nice intro to NZ history and natural Environment. Especially liked the Hillary exhibit. A good gift shop and cafe.  more »
  • This Museum Is absolutely Amazing.It has several floors of collections of Maori heritage,and fine displays of NZ articles,and items.You will need at least 2hrs to see everything,and that's too quick,I...  more »
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  • Fabulous - as an event venue as well as for its exhibits. The observatory offers a spectacular look at our solar system and the interactive science section has activities and experiments galore to try. The butterfly rain forest is a must-see.
  • One of the best attractions in Dunedin. Definitely worth a visit. We attended the Permian Monsters exhibit, which was pretty cool. Loved the animal attic and the Butterfly House. Will definitely visit again!
  • Great place to learn more about NZ history. Stunning sculptures with detailed descriptions. Free entrance to most of the exhibits. Would love to go there again :D
  • Very expensive but tasty pies! The kids and I love it. A very good mix of displays both static and interactive. Highly recommended especially on a day when the weather isn't too flash
  • Brill free entry. Air conditioned. Well laid out and INTERESTING! Great cafe attached. Need to log out a full day of your holiday at least. Possibly the best museum I've ever been in.

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