Amazing Universe takes travellers on a journey from the Hooper’s inlet on the Otago Peninsula to the edges of the universe to explore some of the most wondrous astronomical sights humanity has discovered.
Enjoy a special live astronomy show in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium and learn about Chinese astronomy before ringing in the Year of the Rat. Chinese astronomy has a long history, beginning from the Chinese Bronze age known as the Shang Dynasty. This is a great chance to learn about astronomy and eastern practices that date back many thousands of years from a completely different perspective to what you’d normally see in Dunedin. This show will be approximately 45 minutes long. Admittance to planetarium is restricted to ages 3 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forests and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals – where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation – and to predict the future as humans drive dramatic change. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana. Welcome to Antarctica. Recommended for children over 7 years old. Restricted to ages 3 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your online confirmation to the Museum Shop to receive your physical tickets. Please arrive 15 minutes before the show to receive your physical tickets and queue; no late admission.
Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home. Winning four Academy Awards®, including one for the iconic score by John Williams, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is "one of the great American films" (Leonard Maltin) that forever belongs in the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.
This children’s show explores the wonders of our solar system through a live, interactive adventure. Hitch a ride with our planetarium pilots on an adventure through the solar system. Take a close-up look at the sun, fly through the rings of Saturn, and hold on to your helmets as we do some amazing science experiments to learn about the planets in our solar system. The show is 45 minutes long and is open to adults and children of all ages. Make it a Tūhura Combo, and visit our science centre. It has 45 hands-on interactives, including a giant DNA helix-inspired slide, and a three-level tropical butterfly forest. As this is a special children’s show, entry is free for those under three years when accompanied by a paying adult, and children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Sky Tonight is a live presentation exploring how the sky over Otago will look on the night of your visit. Learn about stars, constellations, deep sky objects and how to view them that very evening. Admittance to planetarium is restricted to ages 3 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your online confirmation to the Museum Shop to receive your physical tickets. Please arrive 15 minutes before the show to receive your physical tickets; no late admission.