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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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Help name Otago Museum’s treasured jewelled gecko

Its repatriation home via Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga, where it was nursed back to health by the zoo’s expert team of veterinarians, was the result of hard work by a number of parties including Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, Museum staff, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Setpoint Solutions, with assistance from the University of Otago and Wellington Zoo.

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Southern ceramic spotlight

In with the new! We have shifted the median date of the pottery on display in our Southern Land Southern People gallery into the 20th century! The wonderful work made by craftspeople at Milton Potteries and the Benhar factory is still on show...

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Some changes in the Southern Land, Southern People gallery

If you have visited recently, you may have noticed that one of our permanent galleries, Southern Land, Southern People, looks a bit different. Over the past few months we have been giving the gallery a bit of a makeover – no dramatic changes, but little modifications to make it more welcoming...

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Kelly O'Shea, 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

The Museum’s April programme is continuing to ramp up. The month ahead is looking to be busier than ever with two exciting newly opened exhibitions, events supporting Wild Dunedin’s Festival of Nature and the inaugural New Zealand Archaeology Week, plus our usual range of cool school holiday programmes and activities...

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Discovery Squad @ OM

School holidays are an exciting time at Otago Museum. The rush of the crowds, the thrill of tours in action and the sound of children playing is exhilarating...


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Recent Southern sunfish stranding on Aramoana salt marshes

On Wednesday 18 January Otago Museum was notified by the Department of Conservation about a dead Southern Ocean sunfish (Mola ramsayi) found on the Aramoana salt marshes...

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Butterfly gynandromorphism: a tropical surprise!

Our Tropical Forest is home to a variety of butterflies from the Philippines and Costa Rica. We know exactly what species we are importing. However, sometimes something unexpected emerges from the pupae – and it’s amazing!

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2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition winners announced

The 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition opened at Otago Museum on Saturday 25 March, with a prize-giving recognising Otago’s talented amateur photographers and videographers. The competition, supported by Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, Canon, and the Otago Daily Times, received a record number of entries this year, with 2,226 submissions across Animal, Plant, Human Impact on the Environment, Pets, and Night Skies photo categories, as well as the popular Wildlife in Action video category. The 2017 Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Douglas Thorne with ‘Rifleman perched’, captured in Fiordland. This photo also won the Animal 15 years and over category. Melanie Middlemiss is this year’s Jury Prize winner with her shot ‘Horsing around’ taken...

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Museum acknowledged for high standard of animal welfare

Otago Museum has been recognised for its high standards and appreciation of animal welfare with the Tropical Forest becoming the first and only butterfly enclosure in Australasia to achieve accreditation by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA).

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