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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: if looks could kill

Stone cold killer, hideous monster and protector against evil… the story of Medusa has taken many forms over the centuries. Honorary Curator Robert Hannah delves into her fascinating past.

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Sky Guide: November

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

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Knot Your Grandmother’s Knitting

Dunedin-based Australian artist Michele Beevors is calling on the immense Otago Museum collection to provide the skeleton of a new artwork – literally.


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Est. 1868: All the trimmings

Honorary Curator Jane Malthus unpicks the story behind the evening gown on display in the fanciest category in est. 1868.

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Est. 1868: Soapstone whio

Curator, Māori, Rachel Wesley takes a closer look at the story behind one of the items currently on display in the futurest case in est. 1868 – the carved soapstone whio.

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Est. 1868: In the Soup

The preserved school shark currently on display in our est. 1868 exhibition doesn’t look especially tasty, but shark is a popular dish on menus the world over. With this year’s World Food Day (celebrated 16 October) taking the theme “our actions are our future,” we take a look at how our appetite for shark is impacting its future.

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Inaugural H D Skinner Lecture

The Friends of the Otago Museum are proud to sponsor the inaugural H D Skinner Memorial Lecture at 6pm on Thursday 11 October, as part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebrations. 

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Sky Guide: October

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

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Quantum Shorts, the international short film festival, is open for entries

Lights, camera, action! The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is calling for entries to the celebrated Quantum Shorts film festival. 

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Est. 1868: Crap Coffee

This week in our est. 1868 blog series we're looking at what this little critter has to do with the production of the world's most expensive coffee, to celebrate World Coffee Day! 

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