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Otago Museum, Dunedin

(4.8/5 based on 750+ 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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  • Adults will be in awe of every display and the kids will experience the 'wow factor' here. It is brilliantly laid out and you can get so close to every display. Interaction is fun and the learning is ...  more »
  • Another great place to spend a long time at. So much to see and be fascinated with. Wonderful displays, well set out, and the interactive ones were a hit with the grand children. So much knowledge to ...  more »
  • We only went because of the butterfly release experience, and that was great. Our kids (8mths, 3yrs) loved the enclosure and the butterflies floating around. We didn't have time to see the rest of the...  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.