Otago Museum, Dunedin

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One of New Zealand's premier cultural centers, Otago Museum boasts a vast and varied collection of science and humanities exhibits from home and abroad. Many visitors begin their tour with the Southern Land, Southern People collection, where they can learn about the natural history of Otago and view the country's largest fossil specimen. Galleries covering subjects such as Maori heritage, Pacific cultures, and the maritime history of the region help give you a better understanding of this corner of the world. For something from farther afield, head to the People of the World collection, where Islamic ceramics, Indian armor, and classical coins are all on display. Those with kids won't want to miss the museum's interactive science center, home to a tropical rainforest environment filled with colorful butterflies. To visit Otago Museum and get the most from your holiday in Dunedin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dunedin trip site .
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  • I am just not a museum person but this was part of our cruise excursion. Our young guide was informative on the tour she gave us on the early history. If you like museums this place is probably a must...  more »
  • Though the museum's exhibits could use a bit of freshening up, the docents are excellent, and the free public Wifi here is the only one that my android phone was able to connect to in all of New Zeala...  more »
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  • This is a pretty great museum, especially because of its science area. Lots of very cool physics demo equipment and also a butterfly house. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The main museum is free but the science area has an associated cost of $15 per adult. Beautiful building. Worth checking out the second floor lobby area where they often have craft workshops.
  • Butterfly area can get extremely hot- recommend summer heatwave clothes and be wary it can be slippery. Quail are free roam so watch were you step. They have several historical items from many cultures and the science centre is very interesting and contains many intriguing objects and illusions. The staff are friendly and helpful- if you're lost you can just ask and you'll be right. Overall a great experience and I highly recommend you tip as they offer this all for free.
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