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Otago Museum, New Zealand
To inspire and enrich our communities, and enhance understanding of the world through our collections, our people, programmes and the stories we share.
Established in 1868, the Otago Museum cares for an internationally significant collection of over 1.5 million objects. It is one of Dunedin’s most-visited cultural institutions, offering a place to learn, socialise, and engage with rare and beautiful objects while continuing its proud history of research and education. The Museum’s current director is award-winning science communicator Dr Ian Griffin.
The Otago Museum has eight free permanent galleries – Animal Attic, Beautiful Science, Maritime, Nature, Pacific Cultures, People of the World, Southern Land, Southern People and Tāngata Whenua – allowing visitors to view collections of local and international artefacts, treasures and art.
It also hosts New Zealand’s leading interactive science centre – Discovery World Tropical Forest, and the recently-opened Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.
Catering for all ages, Discovery World is an interactive science and technology centre that excites curiosity and stimulates imagination, delivering an ever-changing programme of science shows to entertain and educate. Professional science communicators are also on hand to provide deeper explorations of the interactives and the science behind them.
The Tropical Forest brings visitors face to face with some of nature’s most beautiful butterflies. Hundreds of these enchanting creatures fly free. Visitors experience a hot and steamy rainforest from above or below, over three levels, encountering an amazing array of flora and fauna. The Tropical Forest is also home to live tarantulas, terrapins, finches and other hot-weather-happy inhabitants. A gardener’s paradise, the rainforest includes a wide variety of lush tropical plants including orchids, bromeliads, bananas, coffee, cardamom, passionfruit and more.
The Perpetual Guardian Planetarium enables visitors to experience the wonders of our universe in a 360° immersive dome theatre. It is the first 3D planetarium in the southern hemisphere and offers a wide range of shows.
419 Great King Street / PO Box 6202
T +64 3 474 7474
F +64 3 477 5993
Dr Ian Griffin, Museum Director
T +64 3 474 7472
Mrs Jane Gregory, Executive Assistant
T +64 3 474 5993
F +64 3 474 7472
Dr Craig Grant, Director, Science Engagement
T +64 3 479 3235