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

Pascal Harris performs uplifting classical music for all ages on our grand piano.

Free
1pm, Sunday 31 May
Atrium Level 2

Live Demonstration and Workshop

NatureWatch NZ is the online space for Kiwi nature watchers. The website and mobile app let you share what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers and learn about New Zealand animals, plants and fungi. New Zealand species can be identified by uploading a photo or sound recording. 

Join Jon Sullivan, NatureWatch NZ co-founder and ecology lecturer at Lincoln University, for a hands-on introduction to modern nature watching. Check out their website at http://naturewatch.org.nz/

Please bring your own fully-charged laptop, tablet or iPhone. 

Free
2pm– 5pm, Monday 1 June
Bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
Hutton Theatre
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Dunedin Midwinter Carnival

Make a snowdrop flower lantern for the Midwinter Carnival, The Winter Garden, and become part of the procession on Carnival night. Almost anyone over the age of seven can make a lantern and it is a great family activity. All materials are provided and trained instructors are on hand.

All children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that young children need a lot of parental help.

Sessions start each half hour and last for two hours; last session begins at 2pm. 

Bookings essential - book online at www.midwintercarnival.co.nz

$7 per lantern (pay on the day, cash only)
10am–4pm, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June
Atrium Level 1

The Art of Pottery Making

Local potters Kate Fitzharris and Marion Familton hand-build a coil pot and use a wheel to throw a pot, demonstrating techniques used by artists whose works feature in Ralph Hotere's personal collection of ceramics.

Free
1pm, Sunday 14 June
Atrium Level 1

Living Culture Workshop

Learn the living art of korowai weaving with Robin Hill, a member of the Ocean View Weaving Group and author of the blog Robin Weaves Korowai. Try your hand at basic knots or work your way up to your first cloak. Starter kits are available on the day for $35. Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome! 

For more information call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474.

Free
2pm, every third Sunday from February to November
Atrium Level 1

The Art of Pottery Making

Local potters Elise Johnston and Peter Gregory hand-build a coil pot and use a wheel to throw a pot, demonstrating techniques used by artists whose works feature in Ralph Hotere's personal collection of ceramics.


Free
1pm, Sunday 28 June
Atrium Level 1

School Holiday Shock-buster

From ancient Maya to modern Mexico, chocolate is a way of life – and death! Learn about cacao trade and celebration in Central America, and make a spicy chocolate skull using delicious Cadbury chocolate.

Free
11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 July
Atrium Level 1
Limited places, bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
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