Free museum visits fire up the public

University of Otago foundation year health science student Taingarue Mataira (18) becomes a "human candle'' at the Otago Museum's science centre yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
University of Otago foundation year health science student Taingarue Mataira (18) becomes a "human candle'' at the Otago Museum's science centre yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
More than 2600 members of the public flocked to the Otago Museum science centre yesterday, enjoying a day of free access to celebrate the museum's 150th anniversary.

Museum marketing manager Hannah Molloy said museum staff had given out 1000 wrist bands providing free access to the science centre by 1pm, and had provided another 1000 by 3.30pm.

People were ''very relaxed about waiting'' and long mid-afternoon queues had been ''moving steadily'', she said.

Science communicators had offered science demonstrations in the science centre, and more than 170 visitors - wearing safety glasses, and protected by soapy water on their hands - had briefly created ''human candle'' fires.

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