Discovery World Explorations

Drop in to Discovery World to investigate some phenomenal everyday science applications. Join our Communicators throughout the day to discover how electricity works in your body, what happens to objects in space, and much more.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Throughout the day from Saturday 20 December to Sunday 8 February (except Christmas Day)
Discovery World

Special Summer Reading Trail

Join the Dunedin Public Libraries' Summer Reading Programme and learn about heroes as you battle blazing monsters at the Otago Museum. Complete the trail and go into the draw to win cool prizes.

To find out more or about joining the Summer Reading Programme check out www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events/summer-reading-programme.

Free, daily from Saturday 13 December 2014 to Saturday 31 January 2015 (except Christmas Day)
Borrow your backpack from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

Tropical Forest Explorations

Drop in to the Tropical Forest to investigate some of the many incredible bugs found in the tropics. Join our Communicators throughout the day to discover how insects pollinate plants, what happens inside butterfly pupae, and much more.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Throughout the day from Saturday 20 December to Sunday 8 February (except Christmas Day)
Tropical Forest

School Holiday Gallery Trail

Doug the dung beetle needs your help to roll his ball of poo to safety! Follow the Dung Beetle Derby around the Museum galleries, meet awesome insects who will help you guide Doug and his dung ball home, and collect your reward from the Discovery Desk.

Free, throughout the day from Saturday 20 December to Sunday 8 February (except Christmas Day)
Collect your trail from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

Santa's Grotto

Join Santa and his elves in our traditional Victorian-inspired grotto in the Animal Attic. Tell Santa your Christmas wishes, hear him share a merry tale, work on a Christmas activity and have your face painted with a festive theme. Capture this classic memory with your own photo or ask our elves to take one for you!

DAILY EVENTS

Share Your Wish List with Santa
Personally deliver your Christmas wish list and capture this classic Christmas memory with Santa.

Santa's Christmas Workshop
Fashion some fancy reindeer antlers, and add to the peace chain decoration.

Festive Face-Painting
Whether it's a red nose like Rudolph, baubles on a tree or a pretty pōhutukawa, wear your Christmas cheer for all to see.

Free, 11am–4pm, daily from Thursday 18 December to Wednesday 24 December

Santa's Story Time
Join Santa and his elves for some special storytelling. Hear traditional and modern Christmas stories.
Free, 3pm, daily from Thursday 18 December to Wednesday 24 December

STOCKING FILLERS

Postcards from the Past 
Decorate a replica Victorian Christmas postcard and give it to someone special.
Free, 1pm–2pm, Thursday 18 December and Friday 19 December 

German Straw Star 
Make your own gorgeous traditional German straw star for your Christmas tree.
Free, 1pm–2pm, Saturday 20 December and Sunday 21 December 

Holly Button Ornament 
Fashion a traditional floral ornament for your Christmas tree.
Free, 1pm–2pm, Monday 22 December to Wednesday 24 December

Thursday 18 December to Wednesday 24 December
11am–4pm

Discovery World Science Show

Insects have been on Earth for millions of years and survived major global extinctions. Discover the past, present and future of bugs as you unearth their amazing abilities and find out what makes them essential for life on our planet.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
11.30am and 3pm, every day from Saturday 20 December to Sunday 8 February (except Christmas Day)
Discovery World Theatre

Meet the Bugs

Bring the whole family on a wild and wonderful bug day out as we celebrate Bugs: the Mega World of Minibeasts, the Otago Museum’s newest exhibition. 

Meet Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste as he introduces us to awesome, peculiar and essential bugs.

Discover the best minibeasts for your garden, go potty for honey and beehives, get a taste for innovative critter cuisine and lots more.

Free
11am–3pm, Saturday 10 January
Otago Museum

Adventure Tour

Ethel the Entomologist loves bugs so much she's got insectomania. Come adventuring with Ethel to search dark nooks, scan bright skies and meet some of the Otago Museum's impressive insects. Discover the super secrets of these small bugs and you'll catch Ethel's insectomania, too!

Free
2.30pm, every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 24 January
Meet at the Information Desk

School Holiday Programme

For a holiday full of fun and excitement, sign your kids up for Discovery Squad at the Otago Museum. Offering awesome themed activities, Discovery Squad activates and stimulates young minds!

Weekdays during the school holidays from Monday 12 January to Friday 23 January.

 

Whole day sessions: $52 per child 8.30am–5.30pm, half day sessions: $29 per child 8.30am–1pm OR 1pm–5.30pm; 10% discount when booking all 10 days.
Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or let us pre-order your lunch from our Café. Bookings essential – please contact the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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Freaky Science Show

Some creatures thrive where others can't survive! Insects are found in every corner of the world, but how can they live in a scorching desert or on the frozen polar caps? Could an insect survive in space? Find out as we meet the extremophiles of the insect world.

Free
2.30pm, every Monday and Friday from 12 to 23 January
Atrium Level 1

School Holiday Shock-buster

Cicadas sing summer days away in their own unique style all over the world. Have you ever seen one of these jewel-like creatures up close or found an empty cicada case? See the Otago Museum's cool cicada collection, hear our very own Aesop tell a classic bug fable and create a cicada badge to take home.

$3 per child
11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 13 January, Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential; contact the Information Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online
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School Holiday Shockbuster

Meet the original Minecrafters! Hear about the architects of the arthropod world, discover how we have borrowed ideas from insects to improve our own buildings and make your own gummy leaf lantern to light your summer evenings.

$3 per child
11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 20 January, Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential; contact the Information Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online
Book now