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

Seaweek 2015: Look Beneath the Surface

The University of Otago Centre for Science Communication and Otago Museum present five student documentaries showcasing science, conservation and love of the sea. Kendall Gadomski and Kate Sparks, international PhD candidates at the University's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, will introduce the films. 

All films are approximately 25 minutes long. Free popcorn. 

Gold coin donations to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust gratefully accepted.

Longfin – Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra 

This film shines a spotlight on the little-known life of the endemic and intriguing New Zealand freshwater eel. From its beginnings in the dark corners of the ocean to its transition into the river, Longfin follows the eel's journey through a changing land as it encounters dangers its ancestors never faced.

Mad Mac and the Ugly Flat Landsnail – Bill Morris and Kate Bradbury 

Don McIntosh, aka Mad Mac, has always been an adventurer. As a paua diver, he is determined that these flat ugly snails will still be around for his children to harvest.

Secrets of the Sevengills – Michael Mauntler 

Sevengill sharks inhabit Otago Harbour at the heart of Dunedin. Surprisingly little is known about these large, predatory sharks.  The slow pacing of the film allows audiences to revel in the efforts of scientists and the community to better understand the lives and unique behaviours of these fascinating animals.

Albatrocity – Iain Frengley and Edward Saltau 

New Zealand filmmakers Iain Frengley and Edward Saltau trace the story of the albatross, immersing the viewer in the beauty, majesty and vulnerability of these birds as viewed through the dramatic prism of Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Using innovative visual effects and remarkable oceanic and onshore footage, the film distils a vast collection of natural history, harsh reality and folklore into a well-paced viewing experience.

Becoming Giants: Seaweed, Scientists and Survival – Kyle Swann

Giant kelp, the ocean's largest plant, exist along the coasts of New Zealand’s South Island. Vast forests of these giants go unseen by many, but for Matt and Tiff – two grad students aiming to become the next generation of marine scientists – diving in the kelp is just another day in the office. To reach their goal they must discover how this giant seaweed survives, but in their quest to uncover the kelp’s strategies, their own survival will be tested.


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Free, 5.30pm, Friday 6 March, Hutton Theatre

Live at the Otago Museum

Dunedin songstress Rachel Kibblewhite performs soulful original songs on guitar for your enjoyment.

Free, 1pm, Saturday 7 March, Atrium Level 1

Live at the Otago Museum

Greta Bull-Crossan, aka Re:Gretabullsings folk originals and covers alt-rock favourites for your afternoon entertainment.

Free, 1pm, Sunday 8 March, Atrium Level 1

Join us to hear the latest developments in brain research and their impact on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of brain disorders. Enjoy brain-related games at a family day, savourMusic for the brain, hear from a host of experts and much more during this fun-filled, educational week.

Visit for the full schedule of events.

Presented in association with the University of Otago Brain Health Research Centre and the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

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Free, from Friday 13 March to Friday 20 March

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.

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

Expert Talk

Professor Atholl Anderson and Dr Aroha Harris discuss new perspectives on Māori history, drawing on their work for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History.

"One of the most significant books on the Māori world ever written." – Sir Tipene O’Regan.

This free talk offers a glimpse into an exceptional new history that is important to all New Zealanders, presenting a sweeping narrative from ancient origins in South China to the present day. 

Free, 5.30pm, Tuesday 24 March, Hutton Theatre

Live at the Otago Museum

Jonny Dyas plays contemporary and classical hits on the grand piano for your afternoon enjoyment.

Free, 1pm, Saturday 28 March, Atrium Level 2

Live at the Otago Museum

Enjoy an entertaining afternoon of feel-good tunes – a cappella with attitude!

Free, 1pm, Sunday 29 March, Atrium Level 1

New this year, celebrate the natural world by capturing a video of wildlife in action. Take unique shots of animals or plants, highlight environmental issues or the spirit of conservation and enter your best still or moving images in the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition to be in to win great prizes from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse.

Developed in partnership with Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse. 

Competition open 30 March–11 May to all amateur photographers and videographers resident in Otago.