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.
Join us in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium as we get into the Christmas spirit. We’ll start off the session with some exciting festive themed science experiments, then settle in to listen to narrator Suzy Cato as we explore some of the most intriguing Christmas mysteries ever! What could the science of astronomy tell us about the Star of Bethlehem? Where did the Mars lander disappear to on Christmas Day? And just how can Santa manage to reach all those good children in one night? Come on an out-of-this-world look at our favourite holiday. Tickets are available from the Otago Museum Shop or online.
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.
Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father (James Caan) and a cynical eight-year-old stepbrother who doesn't believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world.
Paleontologist Alan Grant and paleobotanist Elle Sattler are tasked with assessing the newest, ground-breaking venture by eccentric multi-millionaire John Hammond: Jurassic Park. Joined by celebrity mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm and Hammond’s two eager grandchildren, the group set out to determine if an amusement park with live, genetically-engineered, man-eating dinosaurs is a good idea… what could possibly go wrong?
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.
In 2017, a team of researchers announced the greatest geological discovery of our time: the existence of an eighth continent, almost completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. They called their discovery Zealandia. How Zealandia became a refuge for one of the strangest collections of animals on the planet is a mystery 85 million years in the making. Journey through time to see some of the weird and wonderful life on these remote islands, survivors of the geological equivalent of Atlantis. This Perpetual Guardian Planetarium show has been created locally by Otago Museum and NHNZ, with scientific advice provided by the University of Otago and GNS Science, and supported by a grant from the Marjorie Barclay Trust. Just one more reason this part of our planet is so spectacular and unique! Admittance to planetarium is 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; no late admission.