DISCOVERY STARTS HERE
After four years of planning and five months of construction, Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre is nearing completion, with the doors set to open to the public on Saturday 16 December at 10am.
The $2.5 million redevelopment of Otago Museum’s former Discovery World Tropical Forest was supported with $500,000 in funding from the Otago Community Trust. Now home to over 45 new hands-on science interactives and a refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly house, Tūhura will also encompass the digitally interactive Beautiful Science Gallery and Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, which were both completed in December 2015 during stage one of the project.
An icon of the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre is a 7.5 metre-high spiral slide inspired by the DNA double helix, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Lion Foundation. Other key interactives include ‘The Void’ infinity room experience, a Virtual Body Table sponsored by the Dr Marjorie Barclay Trust, a Mood Ball and a Tornado. Approximately two-thirds of the new interactive exhibits were designed and manufactured in Germany, by world-renowned Hüttinger Interactive Exhibitions.
The refurbished Tropical Forest butterfly environment will not only house over 1000 exotic butterflies, but also a variety of other species including tarantulas, terrapins and birds. The Tropical Forest’s newest residents include Eurycnema goliath, more commonly known as the Goliath stick insect, which grows up to 25cm long and lays up to 1000 eggs within a 12 month period. Visitors will be able to get up-close and personal with these gentle giants on weekends and throughout the school holidays.
The introduction of a new annual pass, which includes both the Science Centre and the Tropical Forest, offers locals the opportunity to visit these attractions as frequently as they desire, with the annual price set at $40 for a child and $60 for an adult.
Prices are as follows:
Tickets and annual passes are now available from the Museum Shop.