Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

OM’s $2.5 M Tuhura Science Centre upgrade

After four years of planning and  three months of construction, and less than a month after opening, it seems people cannot get enough of Otago Museum’s new science centre.

Since it reopened on  December 16, more than 10,000 people have gone through the redeveloped Tuhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre — about 4000 more than the same time last year.

Since Christmas, on average about 900 people a day had visited the centre.

The $2.5million redevelopment included more than 45 new hands-on science interactive exhibits, and a refreshed tropical forest butterfly house.

Museum director Ian Griffin said he could not be more pleased with the public’s response to Tuhura.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, in two ways really; it’s pleasing to see so many people coming along and enjoying Tuhura.

“But also as a science educator to see young people, especially, come in and interact with the more scientific exhibits is really pleasing.”

Praise for the science centre had come from all avenues, including social media, Dr Griffin said.

The success  also flowed on to the rest of the museum, both financially and in terms of the visitor experience, he said.

“Not only is the financial success of the museum linked to the success of Tuhara but more visitors come in to the museum to experience Tuhura and then discover our other exhibits.”

Dunedin girl Io Jacobs (11) who was one of hundreds who visited the new science centre on Saturday gave it her seal of approval.

“It’s awesome,” she said.

Council of Australasian Museum Directors, c/o Ms Daryl Karp, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House PO Box 3934 Manuka, Australian Capital Territory 2603 Australia, © CAMD 2018
Disclaimer: The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. The Council of Australasian Museum Directors does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this website. The information on our website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked web sites. Hostgator.
.