What's on at Otago Museum - 19 November


We've got a new planetarium film on the way Dunedin, and this one is just in time for Christmas!

In a first for Otago Museum, we've developed our very own Christmas show for the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium called Christmas Mysteries.

The show features three festive mysteries: the astronomy behind the Christmas star; the disappearance of the Beagle 2 lander on Christmas Day; and the logistics of getting Santa and his sleigh all the way around the world in just one night.

Created entirely by Otago Museum staff, and narrated by well-known children’s entertainer Suzy Cato, Christmas Mysteries is expected to appeal to families and people who revel in all things Christmas.

The show celebrates Christmas traditions, rather than debunking them. A fine balance has been maintained between preserving the seasonal mystery for those who love it (particularly fans of Santa!) and explaining the science for those who need to know how things work.

Want to know more about what went into creating this film? Check it out on the blog here.

From December 1 | Perpetual Guardian Planetarium | From $7

For more info and to book your tickets, click here.


We all know stamp collectors can be fanatical, so what is hiding in the Otago Museum stamp collection? Honorary Curator Melville Carr checks out what we can glean about WWI from the words and images emblazoned on these tiny pieces of paper:

The Otago Museum stamp collection illustrates a little about some aspects of World War I in progress; in particular it offers a glimpse of the consequences for Germany and its Oceanic colonial territories. We also have examples of the 1916 stamps that Fiji, Canada, and New Zealand issued, overprinted with the words “War Stamp” or “War Tax”

Click here to read the whole story now on our website!

All images from the Otago Museum Collection.


Special Exhibition

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to this exhibition, we're thrilled to announce that Our Women: 125 of Dunedin's Extra-ordinary Women, has been extended until 2 December.

Still open from 10am–5pm daily, and still free.

For more info click here.

10am–5pm daily | Beautiful Science gallery | Free


Live @ OM

Pianist Georgi Hampton explores a variety of melodies and sounds for easy Sunday afternoon listening.

For more info click here.
1pm, Sunday 25 November | Atrium Level 2 | Free

Planetarium Film

Join narrator Suzy Cato in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium as we explore some of the most intriguing Christmas mysteries! What could the science of astronomy tell us about the Star of Bethlehem? Where did the Mars lander disappear to on Christmas Day? And just how can Santa manage to reach all those good children in one night?

Come on an out-of-this-world look at our favourite holiday.

For more info click here.
From 1 December| Perpetual Guardian Planetarium | From $7

Live Planetarium Presentation

The Sky Tonight is a live presentation exploring how the sky over Otago will look on the night of your visit.
Learn about stars, constellations, deep sky objects and how to view them that very evening.

For more info click here.
2.30pm daily and 12.30pm weekends | Perpetual Guardian Planetarium | From $7

Planetarium Film

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is better – and faster – connected than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life?

Narrated by actor Rupert Grint and with music by New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan, join us in the hunt for alien life in this amazing new 3D show.

For more info click here.
1.30pm and 3.30pm daily, and 11.30am weekends | Perpetual Guardian Planetarium | From $9

EST. 1868
Special Exhibition

150 years of eclectic collecting.
Otago Museum marked its 150th anniversary on 12 September.

est. 1868 uses “…est” as the curatorial driving point, flipping the script on the traditionally linear chronology of anniversary narratives. Several hundred objects, spanning the humanities, natural science and taoka Māori collections, have been interpreted into thematic strands, including the biggest, smallest, rarest, quirkiest, and tastiest.

The intriguingly displayed objects offer curious insights into the stories behind the objects and invite visitors to be amused, provoked and thoughtful, to reflect on the past and imagine the future.

For more info click here.
10am–5pm daily | Special Exhibitions Gallery | Free


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