Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand

Treasures of the Museum

Paid admission

Otago Museum galleries

Guided Tour

Find out what makes this Museum world-class! Navigate through our galleries discovering little-known wonders of early New Zealand culture and heritage.

In Tāngata Whenua gallery, catch a glimpse of daily life in an early Southern Māori coastal village, alongside an array of taoka (treasures) from a 17m waka taua (war canoe) to exquisitely crafted pounamu (greenstone).

Journey through Oceania to see a suit of armour worn by a Kiribati warrior or red feather currency from Santa Cruz. Step back in time to the Victorian-style Animal Attic to explore this fascinating cabinet of curiosities.

Discover the skeletons in our cupboard! Marvel at New Zealand’s largest fossil, the 7m long Shag Point plesiosaur, or the most comprehensive collection of articulated moa skeletons in the world. Amongst the thousands of exotic items and time-worn artefacts from ancient civilisations, see a 2,500-year-old Mummy from Thebes and learn how her face was reconstructed using CT scanning technology.

Join us to see these riches and hear their stories.

11am and 2pm, daily, $15 per person

Duration: 45 minutes

Book now online or at the Otago Museum Information Desk

Please note, the Animal Attic gallery will be closed between Monday 1 May – Friday 16 June for preventative conservation work. All other Museum galleries will be open as usual.