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Otago Museum, Dunedin

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 650+ 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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  • We had a great time here, the kids loved exploring and laying in the kids science area. The butterflies were magical. We watched one occasion the planetarium shows and it was great but the children st...  read more »
  • Wandered in mid afternoon, free entry. Headed for the special wildlife photographic exhibition first. Fantastic! Then took our time exploring all the other floors and topics. We both thought it was a ...  read more »
  • There is a great permanent collection here, so whatever is on display is very interesting, and coupled with the local Maori history, made it even better. 
  • 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.
  • Most of the Museum is free. And excellent. The features with a price are affordable. And well worth the entrance fee. Lots of (warm!) interesting spaces for children to explore.
  • There is no entrance fee! Great for a visit, no matter wether you are a student, a family or grand parents. You will find well designed interesting exhibitions. The Planetarium is also worth a visit, but costs extra.
  • Cool place with activities for young and old. And an amazing cafe to wind down
  • One of the best "small" measurements I've been to, must check out there superintendent collection at the Animal Attics on the third floor
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