School Holidays @ Otago Museum – Week of 18 January

Brand New Show Launches!

Are the kids starting to get bored these holidays? Our brand new Planetarium show Spacetronauts: Searching for Life is the best entertainment in Dunedin for 4 – 11-year-olds! Come along as we turn the Planetarium into a rocket and launch into space. Our Science Communicator is dressed up as an astronaut and is the captain of the journey; zooming to planets, moons, and past meteors on a space adventure. On the way, we stop and show you some amazing experiments from gigantic expanding marshmallows to a massive liquid nitrogen explosion that fills up the spaceship.

10.30am daily, tickets available online or from the Museum Shop.

Plus, this weekend, our Planetarium is showing other classic films that you can see on the dome screen, from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. We look forward to seeing you soon!


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
7pm, Friday 22 January

Just in time for the end of the holidays, this month's Sci-fi Friday is the family-friendly classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial!

Sci-fi Fridays take place once a month in Otago Museum's Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Tickets from $10
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Free Family Tours
11am, daily

Our intrepid Museum Guides will take you and your children on an incredible adventure through our galleries. Dressed up, and armed with a backpack full of fascinating objects, our Guides make learning magical.

Free @ 11am

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
4.30pm, Sunday 24 January

When Sid the sloth's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends Manfred, Diego and Ellie must make a daring journey to rescue him. Who knows what they will encounter next?!

Tickets from $10
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Blast from the Past
Free Science Show

What are the differences between the way climate changed when the dinosaurs went extinct and climate change today?

Enjoy dynamic science experiments and learn about our planet's climate history.

Daily @ 2pm
Atrium Level 1


Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

Come along before we close to find out why some dinosaurs went extinct, yet others survived and evolved, and answer the biggest question of all: did the T. rex really have feathers?!

Otago Museum is the only South Island venue for Australia’s Gondwana Studios spectacular travelling exhibition.

See huge robotic dinosaurs that move and roar bringing Jurassic giants to life! Skeletons, skulls, gigantic artwork, and touchable fossil casts will transport you to another world.

Closing 8 February | More information at

100 women, 100 words: infinite possibilities

From punk rock engineers to stay-at-home mothers, from senior university academics to little girls with big dreams, scientists are everywhere and science is all around us. 100 women, 100 words... infinite possibilities responds to the question of "what does a scientist look like?" and the answer is... anything!

5 December 2020 – 28 February 2021 // Beautiful Science gallery // Free


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