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OM $2.5 M science zone development

This early concept image shows a slide, modelled on the structure of DNA, in the Otago Museum’s planned redevelopment of its science centre. Image: supplied.

The Otago Museum yesterday revealed plans to complete a $2.5million redevelopment of its Discovery World and Tropical Forest.

The science centre will close for the redevelopment after the school holidays on July 24, and reopen in December, when construction is complete.

After the reopening, the museum’s newly developed attraction will be home to ”50 new science interactives and a refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly house”.

The Otago Community Trust has given $500,000 to support the project.

The centre would also encompass the science gallery and planetarium, which were completed in December 2015 during stage one of the project, museum director Dr Ian Griffin said.

The Discovery World refurbishment will complete an overall $4million redevelopment of the science centre.

One of the key features in stage two of the project was a DNA double helix-inspired slide, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Lion Foundation.

The 6m-high slide would become a ”striking visual element”, and one of the most recognised symbols of the new centre, Dr Griffin said.

He was ”very excited” but also a little nervous, given the project’s challenging timeline.

Timed to coincide with the Discovery World closure, the museum will open its new international touring exhibition ”Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters”, on August 26.

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