Discovery World Explorations

Drop in to Discovery World to investigate some phenomenal everyday science applications. Join our Science Communicators throughout the day to discover how electricity works in your body, what happens to objects in space, and much more.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Daily, throughout the day
Discovery World

Expect the Unexpected

Discovery World scientists make the unbelievable believable with the world’s best science demos. They’ll hold fire, freeze your breath, explore explosions and present a changing line-up of their favourite science experiments!

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Every Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am and 3pm
Discovery World Theatre, suitable for all ages

School Holiday Programme

For a holiday full of fun and excitement, sign your kids up for Discovery Squad at the Otago Museum. Offering awesome themed activities, Discovery Squad activates and stimulates young minds.

Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or pre-order your lunch from our Café.


Weekdays during the school holidays from Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October. Whole day sessions: $52 per child, 8.30am–5.30pm; half day sessions: $29 per child, 8.30am–1pm or 1pm–5.30pm; 10% discount when booking all 10 full days. Bookings essential – please contact the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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Guided Children's Activity

During WWI, while family and friends at home gathered together to knit for the troops, wounded soldiers knitted to boost their recovery. Learn this fun, therapeutic art with members of local craft groups. Start a scarf or peggy square and take your project home to finish. 

Younger children will need help.

$2, 1.30pm, Monday 28 September, Tuesday 29 September, Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October, Atrium Level 1. Bookings essential – call the Info Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online at
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Guided Children's Activity

One hundred years ago, brave Otago women volunteered to serve with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service during WWI. Discover the posters that inspired them and the medals they earned, and then make your own badge of honour to keep and wear.

1.30pm, Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October, Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential; call the Info Desk on 03 474 7474 or book online at
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