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Monday 20, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Monday 20, May

Tuesday 21, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Tuesday 21, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Tuesday 21, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Tuesday 21, May

Wednesday 22, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Wednesday 22, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Wednesday 22, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Wednesday 22, May

Thursday 23, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Thursday 23, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Thursday 23, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Thursday 23, May

Friday 24, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Friday 24, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Friday 24, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Friday 24, May

Behind the Scenes: Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Behind the Scenes: Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Friday 24, May

Saturday 25, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Saturday 25, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Saturday 25, May

Sunday 26, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Sunday 26, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Sunday 26, May

Monday 27, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Monday 27, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Monday 27, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Monday 27, May

Tuesday 28, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Tuesday 28, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Tuesday 28, May

Wednesday 29, May

Zealandia (Baby On Board)

Zealandia (Baby On Board)

Wednesday 29, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Wednesday 29, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Wednesday 29, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Wednesday 29, May

Thursday 30, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Thursday 30, May

Friday 31, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Friday 31, May

Zealandia

Zealandia

Friday 31, May

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Friday 31, May

Saturday 1, June

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Saturday 1, June

Zealandia

Zealandia

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Saturday 1, June

Sunday 2, June

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Sunday 2, June

Zealandia

Zealandia

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Sunday 2, June

Monday 3, June

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Monday 3, June

Zealandia

Zealandia

Monday 3, June

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Monday 3, June

Tuesday 4, June

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Tuesday 4, June

Zealandia

Zealandia

Tuesday 4, June

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Tuesday 4, June

Wednesday 5, June

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

Wednesday 5, June

Zealandia

Zealandia

Wednesday 5, June

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Wednesday 5, June

Friday 14, June

Sunshine

Sunshine

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Friday 14, June

Behind the Scenes: Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Behind the Scenes: Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Otago Musuem's Perpetual Guardian Planetarium and learn how we make and project shows onto the dome. Look behind the smoke and mirrors for a sneak peek at some of the experimental technology we're working on that hasn't been released yet, and try a Virtual Reality experience. A few people will even get to drive the universe in our dome.

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 and queue; no late admission.

Friday 24, May

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known.

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar winner Peter Parks.

Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway.

Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, then make it a combo with a trip to Tūhura's Tropical Forest.

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.

Tuesday 21, May

Wednesday 22, May

Thursday 23, May

Friday 24, May

Saturday 25, May

Sunday 26, May

Monday 27, May

Wednesday 29, May

Thursday 30, May

Friday 31, May

Saturday 1, June

Sunday 2, June

Monday 3, June

Tuesday 4, June

Wednesday 5, June

Show Future Dates
Sunshine

Sunshine

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Fast forward to the year 2057, where a group of astronauts are undertaking a dangerous task - attempting to reignite our dying sun. Without the sun’s heat, the Earth was beginning to freeze. Following a failed previous mission seven years earlier, a crew of eight attempt to pilot a nuclear fission bomb to the sun in order to restart it and ultimately save their planet.

M: Contains violence and offensive language.

The film will start at 7.15pm and will be preceded at 7pm by a brief look at the life cycle of stars

Sci-Fi Fridays take place every second Friday of the month in Otago Museum's Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Friday 14, June

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight is a live presentation exploring the current night sky over Otago. 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 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.

Tuesday 21, May

Wednesday 22, May

Thursday 23, May

Friday 24, May

Saturday 25, May

Sunday 26, May

Monday 27, May

Tuesday 28, May

Wednesday 29, May

Friday 31, May

Saturday 1, June

Sunday 2, June

Monday 3, June

Tuesday 4, June

Wednesday 5, June

Show Future Dates
Zealandia

Zealandia

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.

Zealandia (Baby On Board)

Zealandia (Baby On Board)

We know it can be tricky to get out and about with little ones. So to make life easier we’re hosting Baby on Board sessions in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Catch a show under our 360° screen without having to book a babysitter!

Parents and caregivers are invited to come and enjoy a show in the planetarium with the entire family. No need to worry about your noisier family members, and you’ll be welcome to duck in and out as needed. Our first session will take place on Wednesday 29 May at 11.30am, when we’ll be showing one of our new films, Zealandia: Life on the Hidden Continent.

Zealandia details one of the greatest geological discoveries of our time – the discovery of an eighth continent, mostly hidden under the Pacific Ocean. Created by Otago Museum and NHNZ, this show explains how Zealandia was formed and how it supported such a unique collection of wildlife.

Entry is free for those under 3 years when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available from the Otago Museum Shop or online.

Wednesday 29 May at 11.30am

Wednesday 29, May