School Holiday Gallery Trail

Who invented chocolate? Come on a trail of discovery to find out! Seek out the ingenious inventions hidden in each Otago Museum gallery and answer the coded questions to earn a Cadbury chocolate treat.

Throughout the day from Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July
Collect your trail from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

Tropical Forest Demonstrations

Be there for that special moment and help our newly-emerged butterflies 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

Expect the Unexpected

Discovery World scientists make the unbelievable believable with the world’s best science demos. They’ll hold fire, freeze your breath, make elephant toothpaste and present a changing line-up of their favourite science experiments, new for the July school holidays!

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am
Discovery World Theatre, suitable for all ages

School Holiday Programme

Create a beautiful photogram like those made by Picasso, Man Ray and Len Lye. Use the power of the sun, artistic objects, layering, motion and special light-sensitive paper to draw with light and make your own print.

$3 per participant
1.30pm, Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 July
Atrium Level 1
Suitable for ages 9 and up
Bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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Academy of Science Showcase

Come along to six crazy-cool science shows presented by Year 13 students from this year's University of Otago Academy of Science. One day only – don't miss it!

Photosynthesis: where would we be without it?

The secrets of chemical bonding

Mutations and the future of the human race

Surgical medicine: my, how it has changed!

Come fly with me! But how?

The magical mysteries of memory

Free, 3.30pm, Friday 10 July, Hutton Theatre

Tropical Forest Show

Dip into the Tropical Forest for a taste sensation! From pineapple to bananas to cocoa beans, find out about tropical treats and the journey they take to New Zealand, and then feast on your favourite tropical fruit dunked in chocolate fondue.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
2.30pm, every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 19 July
Tropical Forest

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.

11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 July (ALL SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED)
Atrium Level 1
Limited places, bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online

Freaky Science Show

Imagine chocolate wind, chocolate slime or chocolate dots from space! Discover some fascinating facts about one of our favourite treats with mad science you can really sink your teeth into.

2.30pm, Tuesday 14 July and Thursday 16 July
Atrium Level 1

Otago Institute Lecture Series

Join Professor Antony Braithwaite from the University of Otago's Department of Pathology as he sorts fact from fiction in his area of expertise, the genetic basis of cancer.

5.30pm, Thursday 16 July
Hutton Theatre

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 the Otago Museum

Dunedin songstress Rachel Kibblewhite performs soulful original songs on guitar.

1pm, Saturday 25 July
Atrium Level 1

Live at the Otago Museum

Greta Bull-Crossan, aka Re:Gretabull, sings folk originals and covers alt-rock favourites.

1pm, Sunday 26 July
Atrium Level 1