Does the Museum have an admission charge?

General admission to the Museum galleries is by voluntary donation. An admission fee applies to Discovery World Tropical Forest. From time to time, there may be ticketed special exhibitions.

How much is it to see the butterflies?

Adult: $10.00
Child (2–15 years): $5.00
Students/Seniors (with valid ID): $9.00
1 adult + 3 children: $21.00
2 adults + 2 children: $25.00

Your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission allows you all day entry to our interactive science centre, as well as the Tropical Forest. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. In this immersive rainforest environment, you'll find the butterflies along with other hot-weather-happy inhabitants! 

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How is the Museum funded?

Around 50% of our annual operational budget comes from four contributing local authorities in Otago – the Dunedin City Council, the Clutha District Council, the Central Otago District Council and the Waitaki District Council.

The proportion of local authority funding that each one provides is set out in detail in the Otago Museum Trust Board Act.

The other half of our annual operational budget comes from initiatives like the Museum Shop, Museum Café and our venue hire operation, among other sources.

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I want to have a function/conference/wedding at the Museum. Who should I talk to?

Our Venues team will be pleased to hear from you. Please give them a call on 03 474 7476, email them at or use the enquiry form below.

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Further details about hosting an event at the Museum are available in our venue hire information pack.

I would love to work at the Museum – how do I find out about job opportunities?

You'll find any current vacancies here. We also advertise our vacancies in the Otago Daily Times, so keep an eye on their Saturday paper.