SAT 9 JUN 2018 - SUN 17 FEB 2019
SAINSBURY HORROCKS GALLERY  
FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY 

Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns in our exhibition, Secret World of Butterflies, which features thousands of butterflies (pūrerehua) from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. 

Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden. 

The exhibition explores the science of butterflies such as metamorphosis, anatomy and habitat and is perfect for young explorers and lovers of the natural world. 


Image: Cairns birdwing, Ornithoptera priamus euphorion, AMNZ100288, © Auckland Museum CC BY

Butterfly Egg Hunt

FRI 21 DEC 2018 - MON 4 FEB 2019
FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY, PICK UP FROM ATRIUM INFORMATION DESK

Despite their virtual nature, it seems our butterflies from The Secret World of Butterflies have been laying eggs around the Museum. We have to find them all before they start to hatch and eat our objects!

Follow the clues and let us know how many there are so we can humanely transport them to the nearest swan plant. Pick up a trail from the information desks and complete the hunt to go into the draw to win a fabulous toy pack from the Museum Shop.

We’ll have pencils available for a gold coin donation, or BYO pen/pencil.

Gallery

Go behind the scenes to learn about the creation of the Secret World of Butterflies.