Discovery World Tropical Forest, Otago Museum, Dunedin


Suitable for all ages

Otago Museum has many areas that will entertain adults and kids but one area that comes highly recommended by locals is the indoor tropical forest, home to lots of free flying butterflies.

The forest occupies 3 levels of the museum, complete with indoor waterfall and because it’s tropical, it’s kept warm all year round – a great place to escape to on a chilly Dunedin day!

If you’re there at 11am, you will be able to see butterflies that have recently emerged, being released (there’s an extra release at the weekends at 1.30pm).

otago-museum-scienceThe butterflies are within ‘Discovery World’ which has paid entrance but also includes a hands-on science area. Kids can learn about lots of different aspects of science while playing. For example, learn about friction by playing air hockey! There are members of staff on hand to answer science related questions and regular science shows and experiments during the day. Check the website for times/days.

Another area of Otago Museum that your kids might enjoy checking out is the natural history section on the top floor. Known as the ‘Animal Attic’, kids can study bugs, birds, reptiles and other native and non-native animals as they appear behind glass. This area is free to visit.

TOP TIP: If you take your own lunch with you, you can eat it in comfort in the Attrium on level 1.

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Contact Information

Tel: 03 474 7474


Address: 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Open: daily 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Price: Entry into the Museum is free but Discovery World Tropical Forest has a paid entrance fee of: Adults $10, Kids (2-18 years) $5, Kids under 2 Free. Family pass (1A+3K) $21 or (2A+2K) $25.