Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand

Pre-visit Info

The Museum's Education Team presents a wide range of hands-on LEOTC education programmes.

Education programmes are available from 8.30am to 5pm every weekday during school terms. We are happy to tailor our offerings to suit your learning outcomes and class needs.

Discovery World Tropical Forest (recommencing 2018), the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium and Science Discovery programmes incur a small fee. All others are free. 

Download the 2017 programme catalogue or contact our Education team for more information.

 2017 Otago Museum Education programme catalogue


Discovery World Tropical Forest closure

Please note, Otago Museum’s popular Discovery World Tropical Forest will be closed following the July school holidays to allow construction to begin on the second stage of the development of its highly anticipated science centre.

Reopening in December this year, the Museum’s latest attraction, supported by $500,000 in funding from the Otago Community Trust, will be home to 50 new science interactives and a refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly house. The centre will also encompass the world-first, digitally interactive Beautiful Science Gallery and Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, which were both completed in December 2015 during stage one of the project.


Preparing for your visit

All levels of the Museum are accessible via wheelchair. 

Class groups are required to be accompanied by a minimum number of adults to assist with supervision and to maximise the learning experience:

  • Secondary: 1 adult per every 10 students
  • Primary and intermediate: 1 adult to every 6 students
  • Early childhood and preschool: 1 adult to every 4 children

The Museum cannot guarantee available car parks. There is a park for buses at the front of the Museum Reserve on Albany Street.

We have limited storage for school bags and would appreciate if these could be restricted to needs only.

All class groups should enter the Museum through the main entrance and sign in at the Info Desk. You will be asked to note the number and levels of your students.


Risk management support

Prior to your visit, please familiarise yourself with the Museum's guidelines and read our risk management support form.

 Otago Museum risk management form