What's On @ Otago Museum | Week of 09 December 2019




As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are very pleased to have signed on with Dunedin start-up, Spout Alternatives, as one of the first cafes in Dunedin to adopt 'milk on tap'. From Monday 11 November, all our full-fat milk has been coming via keg, saving more than 7000 2L plastic milk bottles per year. Come and have a coffee with us, and help us help the planet!

This Wednesday, 11 December is Use Your Own Cup Day! To celebrate we're collaborating with UYOC to promote sustainable living by offering the first 10 customers to the Museum Cafe who bring their own cup a free coffee. Learn more about Use Your Own Cup Day here and our free DIY Keep Cup Workshop here.



Climb inside a pilot sphere and experience the isolation of Cameron’s record-making dive in his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. See the deep-sea specimens he collected there under a microscope, watch rusticles grow, and be intrigued by the effect water pressure has on a polystyrene cup.

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep
$9.50 Children | $14 Concession | $17.50 Adults | $45 Families | Combo tickets available 
Open until 9 February 2020
More information here


Inside the Nobel

Six short talks presented by university academics, discussing the significance behind each of the 2019 Nobel prizes in their fields of expertise – Peace, Physics, Medicine/Physiology, Literature, Chemistry, and Economics.

5.30pm, Tuesday 10 December
Barclay Theatre

More information here

How the Grinch Stole Chirstmas

Get into the Christmas spirit here at the Otago Museum with a screening of the Dr Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Rated G

4.30pm, Saturday 14 December
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
Adults $15, Children $10
Book here

Elves' Workshop and Makerspace

Join our merry elves in their workshop on Atrium Level 1 and make some festive decorations for your home and your Christmas tree.
These self-guided, family-friendly activities are a great way to spend an hour (or three).

Saturday 14 December – Friday 20 December
Atrium Level 1
More information here

Fantastic Fire
Science Demonstration

We harness fire in many ways – fireworks, bonfires, and BBQs! It’s hot, it’s bright and it’s beautiful. But what exactly is it? Is it a solid, a liquid, a gas, or is it something else entirely?

11.30am and 3.30pm, Saturday 14 December – Sunday 26 January
Free with your Tūhura Science Centre admission
More information here

Christmas Mysteries
Planetarium Show

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?

1.30pm daily + 3.30pm weekends
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
Child $7, Adults $12
Book tickets here