What's On @ Otago Museum


The Friends of the Otago Museum invite you to join them over complimentary tea and coffee for their June lunchtime talk.

Bring your lunch and hear from Professor Nancy Longnecker, curator of the Dare to be Wise exhibition as she discusses how a relative newbie in Dunedin and the University curated an exhibition that celebrates 150 years of rich history. The challenge set for Nancy was to be inclusive across divisions, and to highlight Town-Gown links and collaborations with the Museum. And then there was the challenge of the different campuses...

Nancy will describe the process of brainstorming and consulting that led to an exhibition which includes all eras, all divisions, and staff and students across all levels. The publication by OU Press of Alison Clarke’s Otago – 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University was a godsend. Nancy used it so much that she kept two copies, one at her university office and one in her home study to avoid carrying the weighty tome back and forth.

Many generous people shared artefacts, stories and memorabilia and Nancy will describe what she learned about the scandalous introduction of mixed flatting, life-changing facial reconstruction surgery, bottle rocket wars, campus childcare, secret WWI tunnels, people behind the scenes who make it all possible, and about turning this knowledge into the Dare to be Wise exhibition.

Free | Friends' Room, Third Floor
12.15pm, Tuesday 18 June
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Richard Hemi, from the University of Otago School of Surveying, illustrates the scanning work and underground environment, as well as the benefits and practicality of using a modern surveying technology in creating a permanent and virtually accessible 3D record of this New Zealand contribution to the war in France.

Free | Barclay Theatre
5.30pm, Thursday 20 June
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Explore the natural world through the finest images and videos from Otago’s most talented amateur photographers and videographers. Vote for your favourite in the 2019 People's Choice category!

Free | Beautiful Science gallery
Open daily until 20 July
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The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, so what better way to celebrate it than with an evening of stargazing at the Beverley Begg Observatory!

Skip the nail-biting over the weather forecast and join us for an evening under the stars in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, where you’re guaranteed to have clear skies.

Following the show, we will hop on the Museum’s bus for a visit to the Beverley Begg Observatory with the Dunedin Astronomical Society to learn about observing the night sky, taking stellar night-sky photos, and hunting an aurora.

$15–$30 | Starting from Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
6pm, Friday 21 June
Book tickets here


Ever wondered how much rain a rain forest rains?

On World Rainforest Day, we're opening the heavens to saturate our forest with the most crucial compound in the formation of life - water!

Get set to get wet and find out how sunshine and rain have turned the equator into a hotspot for plant and animal diversity. Discover the beauty of the tropics, and learn about what you can do to reduce the effect of the threats facing these global treasures.

Keep an eye out on our social media this World Rainforest Day (Saturday, 22 June) for some fun rainforest facts from our Science Communication team!

Included in your Tuhura Science Centre admission
2.30pm, Saturday 22 June | Tropical Forest
More information here


Join us after work at Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar! This month's speaker, Professor Mike Colombo, Head of Department of Psychology, tells us all about the surgical horror story that was frontal lobotomy.

Free | Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar 
5.30pm, Tuesday 25 June
More information here