Come and enjoy a half hour of moon-themed children’s stories read by the University Book Shop storyteller while sitting underneath the magical moon installation at Hanover Hall, followed by an easy craft activity to take home with you.
Suitable for all ages. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult; under-2s are free ✨
This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.
In partnership with Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki and Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, the Dunedin City Council and Otago Museum welcome everyone to a community event to celebrate the Māori New Year.
Celebrate the dawn rising of Matariki on the Museum Reserve with karakia, and whakamaumahara (remember) those who have passed away, then come inside for kōrero and waiata. The ceremony finishes with kai-o-te-ata, a community breakfast prepared by the Otago Museum Café. Be sure to wrap up warm and bring an umbrella in case of rain.
Then from 9am, enjoy an indoor community fun day that features a range of performances and activities for the whole whānau, including kapa haka; workshops; crafts, like making own wishing candle; storytelling brought to you by UBS, and much more!
Signal Hill Studios invite NEV locals to join this celestial celebration, beneath the little eyes of Matariki that herald the transition of the New Year. Celebrate the darkness coming into light with illuminations, music, poetry, storytelling and fabric printing.
Nau mai, piki mai! Cycle, walk, catch the bus up the hill and bring the whole whānau along.
Celebrate the season of wānaka and whanaukataka with the hard-working tamariki of Carisbrook School! As part of our Deep Learning project this term, the tamariki will be taking a major role in running this event, which will include various traditional craft activities, cooking and serving kai, performances, and features special seasonal storytelling. Nau mai! All locals are welcome to join the festivities.
Long, cold winter nights may seem like the perfect time to stay indoors, but that’s also when our southern skies really shine, so Otago Museum invites you to bundle up and join us outside to celebrate Puaka Matariki!
For two evenings, we’ll open up Lab-in-a-Box on the Museum Reserve to share our favourite astronomical stories, stargaze, and deliver hands-on demonstrations about the science of starlight.
In partnership with the Dodd-Walls Centre
5:30pm – 8pm, Friday 17 – Saturday 18 July
Museum Reserve (Hutton Theatre if inclement weather)
Puaka Matariki is a time for celebration, reflection, sharing knowledge, and preparing the soil for the next harvest. This colder time is a great excuse to explore the Museum, wander the galleries, and discover something new.
Otago Museum gallery trails are a perfect day out during long school holidays. Take your favourite small person on a hunt through the Museum and follow the clues to collect your reward!
Daily, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July
Collect your free trail from the Otago Museum Info Desk