What's On @ Otago Museum | Week of 15 June 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

As New Zealand settles back into a sense of normality, we are excited to be planning more and more events for the public to enjoy. We are thrilled to announce that we will be a part of the revised 2020 New Zealand International Science Festival, that a new Pyjamarama – where children can explore the Museum at night – is coming on the last day Term 2, and we have an After Dark event – where it is the adults turn for fun with evening drinks and dancing – planned in the Tropical Forest!

Come along to Otago Museum, have loads of free events, trails, music, and shows planned for the next couple months, keep an eye out on our website for updates as they come.

257007a7-81dd-452a-a604-5346419272a6.jpgOM FRIENDS – IN FOCUS

TOMORROW is the first Association of Friends of the Otago Museum Talk since March! We are delighted to be hosting the Director of Otago Museum, Dr Ian Griffin.

Bring your lunch and hear from Dr Griffin as he discusses some of his recent adventures in the world of astronomy and astrophotography.

12.15pm, Tuesday 16 June
Barclay Theatre
Free admission

cee62f81-d45a-4c18-8ae5-3d78c6de9c95.jpgYOGA WITH THE BUTTERFLIES

Exercise with a difference, surrounded by the butterflies in our Tropical Forest!

Hot Yoga Dunedin instructors lead a gentle hatha yoga class focusing on moving slowly through basic poses and using your breath to remain present and mindful.

Suitable for all levels. Bring your own mat, towel, and drink.

5.45pm (for a 6pm start) Thursday 18 June
$20 per person, bookings essential.
Book here or at the Info Desk


Get those PJs on and your torches and teddies out! School may be out but the crazy characters at Otago Museum are still in and waiting for you, so get ready to explore Otago Museum’s galleries by night.

Uncover stories and juicy facts about some of the most interesting items in our collection, curl up on a beanbag and listen to the University Book Shop’s superstar storyteller, or get a balloon creation from Pipitty-Pop. With surprises, challenges, crafts and science experiments tucked around every corner, take a journey around our galleries like never before.

6pm – 8pm, Friday 3 July
$5 per family group
Bookings and contact details essential for both children and adults.
Book here or at the Info Desk


Sick of the same old thing on a Friday night? Join us for another amazing After Dark where Otago Museum opens at night for drinks, dancing, desserts, and a DJ. Forget the winter outside, and join us for cold drinks in the warmth of our three-storey Tropical Forest.
There are loads on!
Explore Tūhura, New Zealand’s biggest science centre with amazing hands-on interactives to challenge your mates with. Team up for PacMan, have a dance with music from the Radio 1 DJ, or zoom down our giant DNA slide.  
Sing like nobody’s listening (but they kind of might be) with karaoke under the planetarium stars, give your vocal cords a work out under the Insta-worthy backdrops of its 360° dome screen.  
Get creative with the gourmet toppings at the liquid nitrogen ice cream bar, or try out the designer desserts specially curated for After Dark @ OM.

7pm – 10pm, Friday 10 July
Tūhura Science Centre
Student/Concession: $15 early bird or $20 on the door
Adult: $20 early bird or $25 on the door
Book here or at the Info Desk

133235b6-a317-4b75-bcbb-823f21380c06.jpgTŪHURA CLUB

Looking for an after-school programme that ignites your child's curiosity, stretches their learning, and inspires a love of science? Come along to Tūhura Club at Otago Museum!

Led by qualified science educators, your child will discover the Universe in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, programme a robot, explore biology in the Tropical Forest, perform chemistry experiments, and lots more!

Free online taster sessions every Wednesday at 4pm. See website for details.

3.30pm – 5pm, Wednesdays 22 July until 9 September 
Tūhura Community Trust Science Centre 
$20 per child, per session, book at the Info Desk or online. 
Book seven sessions and get one free
Book here or at the Info Desk

5f07dd09-5420-4488-b3c2-df3c0ec16cb9.jpgTŪHURA SPACE TOUR

Explore the wonders of outer space with one of our Science Communicators. For a limited time, your ticket to Tūhura includes a tour of the Universe under our 360° planetarium dome.

11.30am and 4pm daily
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
*FREE with your Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre admission
Learn more

2f0002d6-2d59-4098-9bee-6d6737a0cb87.jpgGALLERY TRAILS @ OM

Explore the Museum's many galleries with one of our popular gallery trails. Starting from the Information Desk, follow the clues around the Museum to answer the questions.

You're sure to explore parts of the Museum you've never seen before!

Collect your free trail and take-home pencil from the Museum Info Desk.

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Over the past two decades, this competition has attracted some of Otago's finest amateur photographers, capturing the beauty, wonder, and power of the natural world. We’re looking forward to seeing what Otago has in store for us this time! Don’t forget to tick the first time entrant box if you haven’t entered the competition before.

Click here for more information, tips from the professionals, and to enter
Entries close 30 June 2020

Kākāriki Karaka, Craig McKenzie, 2018 Animal Winner 15+ and Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year