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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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Est. 1868: Bachelor beware

What stories are hidden inside this tiny box, currently on display in est. 1868? Curator Moira White takes a peek. 

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Meet Tūhura's tropical fish

Science Communicator Sophie Adams introduces the newest residents of the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.

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Potae taua

Intern Isaac Te Awa recently spent five weeks working on the Otago Museum’s Māori textile collection, where one item in particular caught his eye: potae taua. Here he shares what he’s discovered about these distinctive symbols of grief. 

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Interview with wildlife photographer Izumi Schmidt

Are you hoping to shoot a winning image for this year’s Otago Wildlife Photography Competition? Wildlife photographer and one of our 2019 judges, Izumi Schmidt, shares some stories and advice.

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Sky Guide: January

Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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Appetite for destruction: Tūhura’s carnivorous plants

Plants that eat insects? Not only do they exist, we’ve got some growing in the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. Read all about them here, then come and check them out for yourself.

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Otago Museum frogs have new home

Some long-time favourites from the Otago Museum have shifted house.

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est. 1868: The Once Popular Penwiper

Curator, Humanities Moira White examines an essential stationery item of the 19th and early 20th centuries: the quirky penwiper.

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Singular opportunity to hear globally important astronomer

In a serendipitous confluence of chance, the Otago Museum has been able to entice the President of the American Astronomical Society to give a public talk at the Museum.


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Remembering Ray and Lyn Forster

As the Otago Museum marks its 150th anniversary, Assistant Curator Anusha Beer remembers Dr Raymond Robert Forster, the Museum’s director between 1957 and 1987, and his wife Lyn Forster.

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