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Address: 419 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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+64 3-474 7474
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Otago Museum Stories of the South Guided Tour
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Treasures of the Otago Museum Guided Tour

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very good well put together free entry well worth having a look

very nice very friendly staff full of good stuff covers all areas of Dunedin starting from to date some very cool cars and motor bikes

Reviewed 1 week ago
garytrish6
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Perth, Australia
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Fairplay, Colorado
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79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff here are wonderful but they really didn't help us when we asked about fees. Apparently the only "fee" areas are the planetarium and the butterfly exhibit. We did pay to go into the butterfly exhibit (by accident) and found it fairly interesting. Not a big exhibit but it did have some pretty unique butterflies. The free museum seemed... More 

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Thank DanandCollette
OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The only areas that require paid admission is Discovery World Tropical Forest and the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Admittance to our galleries is free with the opportunity to provide a donation, only if you wish. We'll be sure to pass your feedback onto the relevant departments. Many thanks, The team @ OM More 

Christchurch
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163 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not blown away by this museum. It's a bit of a ramble with some very old galleries (Pacific Peoples) that looked well past their use-by date. Our son enjoyed the hands-on Discovery area and we all enjoyed the butterflies - but it was crowded. The planetarium was the high-light, with Irish Claire as MC we traveled all over... More 

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Thank tipsfromatraveller
OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Claire in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium - we'll be sure to pass this on along with your other comments to the relevant departments. More 

Perth, Australia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice very friendly staff full of good stuff covers all areas of Dunedin starting from to date some very cool cars and motor bikes

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really comprehensive look at all sorts of things - was surprised by the amount of items in a really well laid out floor plan. Was great to have the interconnecting galleries to follow.

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Thank Rus H
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Thanks for your review :) More 

Brooklyn, New York
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very pleasant and informative visit. This museum of natural history is very good maintained and organized, spacious and not crowded. Free general admission and very reasonable prices for Tropical Forest and Planetarium shows. I highly recommend to visit both. You and your kids will definitely enjoy multi colored butterflies in the Tropical Forest and amazing star show in... More 

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

Brisbane
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169 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd heard that the Otago Museum is free and well worth a visit and that you can spend hours there but we didn't have that long and decided to concentrate on the butterflies. There is a $10 per adult admission fee for this part of the museum but it was well worth the money. It was fantastic to be able... More 

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here, especially with the butterflies in the Tropical Forest :) More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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56 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probus ladies had an afternoon at the Museum, going to the planetarium show to look at the stars. It was amazing and so much information. After afterwards a look around the area and a lovely coffee and cake from the café. A very nice afternoon.

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Thank fayev104
OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We're so please to hear you enjoyed your afternoon here at the Otago Museum. More 

Kaikoura
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32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very bright and open space to walk around, so many things to see. I enjoyed the room of the native birds most. It's cool to see the fossils of the Moa birds.

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Thank Mei H
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Thanks for your review! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We could have spent days, rather than the 2 hours we had to explore. It was a fascinating insight into how the various pacific cultures lived and travelled. Highly recommended.

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Many thanks for your review :) More 

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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is an excellent place to take children on a wet day, or any time! There are interactive things to involve children (and adults!) of all ages. One of the most stunning features is their Tropical Forest containing a stunning array of exotic butterflies - there is a small entry fee, but you can come and go to the... More 

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OtagoMuseumTeam, Marketing Assistant at Otago Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here at the Otago Museum, especially the Tropical Forest. More 

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