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
Collect your trail 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
Tropical Forest

Tropical Forest Demonstrations

Be there for that special moment and help our newly-hatched butterflies to take flight in the Tropical Forest. Join us every day to learn about the amazing transformation butterflies go through before they take wing for the very first time.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
11am daily
11am and 1.30pm on weekends and school holidays
Tropical Forest

Live at the Otago Museum

Andrew Caulton deftly strings together a medley of contemporary pop hits on the grand piano for your lunchtime enjoyment. 

Free
1pm, Sunday 1 February
Atrium Level 2

Live at the Otago Museum

Sing along to classic Kiwi pop tunes with Jonny Dyas on the grand piano at this special Waitangi Day performance.

Free
1pm, Friday 6 February
Atrium Level 2

Good Question Series

Find out how to keep tabs on precious peripatus in your neighbourhood. Join Dr Angela Caballero Alfonso, the Museum's Search Centre Communicator, to discuss citizen science and the value of casual backyard observations. 

Gold coin donation
Drop in from 1pm to 3pm, Sunday 8 February
Search Centre, Level 2

Live at the Otago Museum

Local gentle folk ensemble The Mentalist Collective perform original acoustic selections for your lunchtime enjoyment.


Free
1pm, Saturday 14 February
Atrium level 1

Live at the Otago Museum

Kate Morgan plays classic and contemporary pop on the grand piano for your lunchtime enjoyment


Free
1pm, Sunday 15 February
Atrium Level 2