Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand



H D Skinner Annex

Temporary display

Sounding investigates the connections between noise pollution and whales and dolphins living off the coast of Dunedin, and aims to help us better understand their aural environment, echo-location and its sonic disruption in Otago’s oceans.

You are invited to explore these two interactive exhibitions and join us for workshops, performances and discussion events.

Sounding has been created by Dunedin’s Caro McCaw, West Coast artist Vicki Smith and Taranaki Internet-of-things enthusiast Andrew Hornblow. Together they are working with Otago University whale researcher Professor Liz Slooten, sound artist Leyton Glen, the Otago Museum team, Otago University marine scientists, and design students from Otago Polytechnic. The performances are choreographed by artist Katrina Thomson.

Sounding is funded by the Dunedin City Council and Creative New Zealand, and supported by Otago Museum, Otago University and Otago Polytechnic.

For more information on Sounding, click HERE.

11am–5pm, 22 September – 15 October 
Urban Dream Brokerage: Gig City exhibition: 165 George Street (opposite Farmers) 

11am–5pm, 30 September – 15 October 
H D Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 



Ever wondered how a whale communicates? Join this workshop to help assemble electronically enhanced umbrellas that respond with sound when entering Dunedin’s wi-fi ‘oceans’. Guided by Internet-of-things enthusiast Andrew Hornblow, you will piece together PICAXE breadboard electronics with 433 MHz radio frequency range transmitters, housed within an otolith (whale earbone) construction which attaches to your umbrella.

Visit website for dates and times.
Bookings essential, limited numbers; book HERE.



Join a life-sized whale performance troupe! Perform at the Otago Museum exhibition opening on 30 September 2017 and the Vogel Street Party on 14 October 2017, or come along and watch.

Register to participate in pop-up whale performances HERE or contact the organiser.