What's On @ Otago Museum – Week of 13 July


Kia ora e te whānau,

Today we celebrate the rise of the Matariki star cluster, bringing the old year of the maramataka (Māori calendar) to a close and beginning the New Year. To mark this celebration we have a Matariki-themed Makerspace and Gallery Trail all holidays, and on Friday and Saturday, we have a Stargazing Lab to share astronomical stories, stargaze, and deliver hands-on demonstrations about the science of starlight.


Humpback Whales – Planetarium ShowJoin a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 16-metre, 45 000-kilogram animals migrate up to 16 000 kilometres round-trip every year.

11.30am and 1.30pm daily, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July | Tickets from $7

Puaka Matariki Gallery TrailMakerspace & Stargazing Lab

Today we celebrate the rise of the Matariki cluster in our sky. It is a time for celebration, reflection, sharing knowledge, and preparing the soil for the next harvest. This colder time is a great excuse to explore the Museum, wander the galleries, and create something new.

Daily, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July | Collect your free trail from the Info Desk
Science Shows Galore!

During the second week of the school holidays, we have a new free science show called Science Station. Join one of our Science Communicators at the Science Station and take part in some of our favourite science activities. Discover how we see colour, learn how our nose helps us taste, and see what happens when fire runs out of oxygen.

11.30am and 2pm daily, 11 – 19 July | All science shows are FREE
Tūhura Club // After-school STEM ClubIt is time to start thinking about Term 3 after-school activities! Tūhura Club will ignite your child's curiosity to discover the Universe in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, programme a robot, explore biology in the Tropical Forest, perform chemistry experiments, and lots more!

3.30pm – 5pm, Wednesdays 29 July until 16 September  | $20 per child, per session
Book seven sessions and get one free  |  Limited spots, book now!