Museum's zombie tours hit with youngsters

Andersons Bay School pupil Jake Remon (left, 10) joins the zombie tour led by science...
Andersons Bay School pupil Jake Remon (left, 10) joins the zombie tour led by science communicator Trubie-Dylan Smith at Otago Museum yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Children with brains are in demand at the Otago Museum.

Zombies are walking the museum floors these school holidays and there is nothing they like better than brains.

A free educational adventure tour led by a zombie guide has been proving popular with visitors young and old over the past week.

The ''Brain Dead'' adventure tours are the brainchild of science communicator Trubie-Dylan Smith, who spends 10 minutes getting made up before leading as many as 40 children and adults in a monster mash around the museum.

''It's more than just theatre and fun. There are learning outcomes we want to achieve, too,'' Mr Smith said.

The ''Brain Dead'' tours followed previous themed holiday tours by pirates and mythical monsters.

The tour was meant to stimulate young brains and funny bones, museum marketing and development co-ordinator Juliet Pierce said.

''Our theme over this school holidays has been brains and the `Brain Dead' tour has been a real hit. We've already had groups of 60 for this tour.''

The Otago Museum zombie tours shuffle off from the information desk again at 2.30pm today and Sunday.

-nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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