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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

If there's a topic you'd like us to do a post about, or a post that you think needs a sequel, just let us know!

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Clean Break – Animal Attic Conservation Update

We’re halfway through our Animal Attic Project, and the Conservation team, with the help of our Facilities and Natural Science collection colleagues, have been busily beavering away. The gallery has been emptied of specimens, except for our Asian elephant skeleton which stayed put. After a good clean, it has kept us company while we work in the eerily empty gallery.   Removing all the specimens SM   Polar Bear being moved to a tempooary home SM   As soon as the animals left the gallery for their temporary ark elsewhere in the building, the work started in earnest. Our Facilities team came up with a way to lift and move the 22 metre...

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Otago Central Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Our solar system is vast and really hard to visualise. Representations of planets are always out of scale, with the planets placed far too close together. To recreate the solar system to scale, you need room – and lots of it.

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Otago Museum achieves CEMARS® certification

The Otago Museum has achieved CEMARS certification (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) through a programme run by Enviro-Mark Solutions, helping organisations to accurately measure their greenhouse gas emissions, and put in place strategies to manage and reduce impacts.

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A day in the life of a Natural Science Curator

To celebrate International Museum Day 2017, we take a look behind the scenes at the Otago Museum to see what a random day in the office looks like. Thanks to Emma Burns, Curator Natural Science, for sharing a snapshot of her working day.

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Constellation of the Month: Carina

With long clear wintry nights providing great visibility for stargazing, our Perpetual Guardian Planetarium Sky Tonight presenter, Isobel Andrewartha would like to introduce you to the constellations. We’ll feature one each month.

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5,000 Kāi Tahu adzes digitised by Museum staff

The Otago Museum has recently completed a significant milestone in its Taoka Digitisation Project, completing the digitisation of approximately 5,000 Kāi Tahu adzes in just under a year...

 

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Three Cups of Tea – Karen Taylor O’Neill and Elise Johnston, inspired

Our latest exhibition, Current, features nine creatives and their works inspired by items in the Museum’s textile collection. In a series of blog interviews we introduce the artists.

 

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The month ahead @ OM: May

If you haven’t done so already, why not channel your inner muse and help us name our jewelled gecko – moko kākāriki. Our competition is your chance to tell us your favourite name and why you chose it, and also to help choose the winner!

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Egyptian exoticism

While fashion is subject to rapid and continual change, it doesn’t always look straight ahead. Fashion’s ongoing dialogue with its own past leads to the seeking out of what is perceived to be new, novel and sometimes exotic from other time periods and cultures...

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Saturn in the heart of the Milky Way

It’s been a good week for Otago sky watchers with a remarkable aurora australis last Saturday evening. The beams and colours of that display (which was visible as far north as Auckland!) will linger long in this stargazer’s memory.

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Our blog aims to keep you informed of the latest happenings at the Otago Museum, through posts about our collections, our people and our work.

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