Otago Museum public engagement manager Rachel Cooper (left)
and planetarium manager Oana Jones are excited about the
arrival of the Neurodome, which will offer a 3-D view
inside the brain. Photo by Joshua Riddiford.
Dunedin residents will have a chance to delve deeper into
the human brain at the Otago Museum's planetarium this week.
Visiting exhibit the "Neurodome'' - a 3-D visual tour of the
brain - will be on show as part of Brain Week Otago.
The Neurodome, devised by New York Medical College department
of physiology assistant professor Jonathan Fisher, has been
shown in eight countries across five continents.
Otago Museum public engagement manager Rachel Cooper said the
museum's first show tomorrow would be the New Zealand
Four shows in total are scheduled for tomorrow and on
Saturday at the museum, of which two are booked out.
Ms Cooper said the Neurodome and other components of Brain
Week Otago 2016, such as the chance to walk through an
inflatable 3-D brain, presented complex information in a more
accessible way to those who didn't enjoy traditional
"Not everyone might like listening to a lecture so this way
it's hands-on, interactive learning.''
Planetarium manager Oana Jones said the Neurodome could help
bring information to a wider audience.
The public response to the planetarium, which opened in
December last year, had been very positive so far and she
hoped the Neurodome would prove popular.
"We've had a lot of very good feedback from our planetarium,
and the content that we've had in there to do with space, so
the opportunity to do something slightly different for Brain
Week's been really fantastic.''
Adapting the Neurodome's content to be played in the
planetarium was more difficult than expected.
"A 10-minute video takes about six hours [to upload] and
that's just how long it takes the computer to process all
• Tomorrow and Saturday, 4.30pm and 4.45pm (4.30pm shows
• The shows are free.
• Bookings essential.