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Mighty Small Mighty Bright

This touring exhibition is an exciting collaboration between MOTAT and partners and is now open at Otago Museum. Explore lasers, rainbows, magnetic nanoparticles and other extraordinary science.

Date & Time

10am-5pm every day


Now open at Otago Museum!

MOTAT partnered with Otago Museum and New Zealand’s leading scientific research institutes the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd Walls Centre, to develop a touring science exhibition that demystifies the fascinating world of photonics, advanced materials, and nanotechnology.

Mighty Small Might Bright reveals the basic science behind photonics and nanotechnology, with hands-on experiments that will encourage visitors of all ages to explore different scientific principles.

Play with prisms, lenses, mirrors, and filters to see how light can be bent and redirected. Step into a ‘room’ lit by a single wavelength of light, testing how our eyes interpret light and colour, and discover how, by firing a laser at apples, scientists create mini earthquakes on an apple’s surface that help farmers understand how ripe they are.

Mighty Small Mighty Bright offers a unique and fun learning experience for the whole family. Science is for everyone, enjoy it!


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