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

Otago Wildlife Photography Competition Talk

Unleash your creative potential with hot tips from renowned local photographers on how to take the perfect picture. Wildlife cameraman Scott Mouat speaks about capturing animals in action, film-maker Steve Ting divulges how to get the best from digital devices and documentary-maker Paul Donovan shares his photographic insights. All will be available following their talks to answer your questions.

Free
5.30pm, Wednesday 1 April
Barclay Theatre

Guided Children's Activity

Meet Manu the Moa and join our lone bird ranger on a tour of the Otago Museum's mighty moa collection. Learn about the exciting exploits of New Zealand's largest birds and make a colourful moa diorama to take home.

$5 per child
11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 7 April and Thursday 9 April
Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential; call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
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Guided Children's Activity

How much would you suffer for style? Otago Museum's collection experts share the incredible costumes people of the world have worn to uphold customs and look good, and help you make a contorting fashion contraption of your own.

$5 per child
11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 April
Atrium Level 1, bookings essential; call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
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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

Exclusive Basement Tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Otago Museum textiles collection to see gorgeous garments and accessories, and find out what it takes to store these pieces safely and securely.

Free, 11.30am and 1.30pm, Wednesday 22 April and Thursday 23 April, meet at the Information Desk. Places strictly limited – bookings essential. Contact Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
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Live at the Otago Museum

The University of Otago student choir, Cantores, commemorates one hundred years since the Battle of Gallipoli in gentle song.

Free, 1pm, Saturday 25 April, Atrium Level 1

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 26 April, Atrium Level 2

Orokonui Excursion

Master moving and still images at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the most protected forest in the South Island. Head guide Sue Hensley will introduce the visit, and local experts Gregor Richardson (Otago Daily Times photographer) and Steve Ting (wildlife film-maker) will be on hand with advice on how to shoot winning wildlife photographs and footage.

$30 per person
Monday 27 April, 11.30am–3pm
Meet at the Otago Museum Information Desk
Numbers limited, bookings essential; contact the Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
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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 Information Desk.
Numbers limited, bookings essential; contact the Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online at www.otagomuseum.nz
Museum Café packed lunches can be pre-ordered through the Information Desk
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