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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. 

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Southern Aurora

Flight to the Lights 2: Back to the Lights

What do you imagine when you picture an aurora? For me it is curtains of green and pink, floating in the air as if suspended by a spider’s web. That image is mostly thanks to Disney movie depictions. In reality auroras are so variable, as I quickly learnt when we flew almost...

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ADITLOAA Eventfinda

The Month Ahead @OM: April

April must be one of the busiest months in the Otago Museum’s calendar! There are activities and events galore, and during the April school holidays there’ll be a buzz of energy as the Museum fills up with families having fun. 
We are proud to be hosting a visiting astronaut, the opening of the Wild Dunedin – NZ Festival of Nature, with high-profile speakers and lots of activities for all the family, new planetarium shows, fascinating expert talks, and more! Come along and be inspired!

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Koreana Fiona and others

January Papanui excavations

If you’ve heard the well-known Kāi Tahu story of Tarewai, the powerful Kāi Tahu warrior who was captured by Kāti Māmoe and sliced open with his own mere pounamu, you’ll have an understanding that Papanui Inlet holds an important place in local histories. Along with the wider landscape of Otago and elsewhere, it is imbued with tales of intrigue, warfare and...

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FLTL

Win a trip for 2 on Flight to the Lights 2018

This week, the Otago Museum and the Dodd-Walls Centre will be giving away not two, but three pairs of tickets the chance to jump aboard a specially chartered Boeing 787 Dreamliner, joining 146 others on a flight into the auroral zone near Antarctica.

The competition was originally for two pairs of seats, however the amount of interest in the competition has seen the Dodd-Walls Centre increase their sponsorship and support of the event.

Tickets are valued at $2,000 a pair, and those that are lucky enough to win the competition will share a window seat view of this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Ahi Pepe goes to Whanganui

Words and photos by Kane Fleury, Assistant Curator, Natural Science

Recently I represented the Museum at the Ahi Pepe MothNet North Island moth camp that was hosted by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Atihaunui ā Pāpārangi and Putiki Marae in Whanganui. I was there alongside representatives from other partners Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Ngāi Tahu, and Orokanui Ecosanctuary, Te Tumu and the geography departments from the University of Otago. The kids from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti also came along so that they could teach the other kura what they have learnt from being part of Ahi Pepe...

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Lab in a Box, taking science to the nation

Lab in a Box is a fully equipped, mobile research lab designed to engage and enthuse New Zealanders about science. Conceived by University of Otago’s Professor Peter Dearden, the portable research lab within a 20ft shipping container has hosted over 300 sessions across 52 schools since late 2015.

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Fossil

The dinosaurs are dead, long live the dinosaurs!

Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters closes 25 February 2018. Here Marketing Assistant Louis Graham explores the meaning behind the name

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2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition closing soon

Otago Museum’s 19th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition draws to a close this month, with entries closing at midday on Friday 23 February 2018.

Amateur photographers and videographers from around Otago are encouraged to enter their best Plant, Animal, Pets, Night Skies or Human Impact on the Environment shots, or videos of Wildlife in Action. They will be in to win great prizes and the chance to feature in the Museum’s 2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition.

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Kia Rupua 2 web

Kia Rapua Pop-up Science Playground Launch

 

Kids love playing and this is play with a difference! A playground of science-themed fun is launching this weekend on the Museum Reserve.  The ‘Kia Rapua’ Science Playground is designed to encourage children’s natural curiosity and sense of exploration. Aimed at children between three and seven years old, it introduces the concepts of sound, colour, textures, ramps and building – all through hands-on play.

The free playground will be open to the public only on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January on the Museum Reserve from 11am until 4pm.

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Leaopard seal pup

Leopard seal pup to be added to Otago Museum collection

A leopard seal pup which was born and died at St Kilda Beach, Dunedin , on 26 September 2017, is about to be taxidermied and eventually put on display at Otago Museum.

Peter Wells, who has been contracted to undertake the work, is one of New Zealand’s leading bird and fish taxidermists. Wells is visiting from Blenheim to complete the initial preparation work, and will then return to his workshop where, the seal pup’s skin will be tanned, treated and fitted to a custom-made mount to complete the taxidermy.

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