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.

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

Allans Beach Excursion

Capture the perfect shot on a field trip to Allans Beach, a wildlife photography paradise. Notable local experts Christine O'Connor (Otago Daily Times photographer) and Steve Ting (wildlife film-maker) will be on hand with advice on how to take spectacular shots of fabulous flora and fauna.

$20 per person
Saturday 2 May, 11.30am–3pm
Meet at the Otago Museum Info Desk
Numbers limited, bookings essential – contact the Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
Museum Café packed lunches can be pre-ordered through the Info Desk
Book now

Live at the Otago Museum

Dunedin songstress Rachel Kibblewhite performs soulful original songs on guitar.

Free, 1pm, Saturday 2 May, Atrium Level 1

Live at the Otago Museum

Join Les Belles Vilaines as they showcase traditional French dance and add a little spring to your Sunday step.

Free, 1pm, Sunday 3 May, Atrium Level 1

Public Talk

In 1999, a 67 million-year-old mummified hadrosaur fossil was discovered in North Dakota, USA. Palaeontologist and writer Dr Phil Manning tells us how NASA's space shuttle technology was used to study this valuable discovery, and introduces the people, places and science associated with a unique fossil name Dakota.

Presented by Museums Aotearoa and the Royal Society of New Zealand

Free, 5.30pm
Tuesday 5 May, Hutton Theatre
Bookings essential – through the Royal Society of New Zealand at

Live at the Otago Museum

Enjoy smooth classics and current pop covers from Emily Mackie on our grand piano.

Free, 1pm, Sunday 10 May, Atrium Level 2

Expert Panel

In the depths of the night, star-struck photographers crisscross Otago in search of the perfect astro-image; the most enthusiastic are the aurora chasers. Chaired by aurora scientist Steve Butler, join panellists Stephen Voss, Paul Le Comte, Bob Evans, Taichi Nakamura and Dr Ian Griffin as they share their fascination with and pictures of aurora australis, the sleeping beauty.

5.30pm and 7pm, Wednesday 13 May
VENUE CHANGED: Level 2A, Speight's Stand, Forsyth Barr Stadium
Book now

Live at the Otago Museum

Amanda Goodwin and Michelle Yeo treat you to a helping of light jazz and R 'n' B at our grand piano.

Free, 1pm, Saturday 16 May, Atrium Level 2

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

Live at Otago Museum

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

Free, 1pm, Saturday 23 May, Atrium Level 2

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