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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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Researcher Insights: Q & A with Lorraine Wong and Zhen Huang

Among the Museum’s fantastically varied collections are items from New Zealand missionaries in China who were supported by the congregation of Knox Church in Dunedin. Some came to us directly from individuals; some from the Church.

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Dr Edwin (Ted) Nye – a good friend of the Otago Museum

On Thursday 2 February 2017, Otago Museum Director Ian Griffin received the very sad news from Dr Ted Nye’s wife, Jeanette Leigh, that Ted had passed away, a great loss to Jeanette and her family, and to the Otago Museum...

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Introducing the new face of Education @ OM

It’s a new year and we have a new-look Education Team at Otago Museum. Education Manager Kate Timms-Dean and Education Officer Emily Gray are here to serve the education needs of Otago and beyond...

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The month ahead @ OM

Somehow January is already behind us and the year feels well under way. Huge crowds of cruise ship visitors have been keeping the Museum buzzing as they check out our offerings. If you’re a local, we’d love to see you. Come in and discover what treasures are on your doorstep...

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Jupiter rising

Last Tuesday, clear sky in Dunedin found me in my garden taking pictures of remote nebulae through my telescope. As my camera clicked away, the long ten- minute exposures allowed me time to sit in a comfortable deckchair and enjoy the simple pleasure of exploring the sky overhead using binoculars...

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Current exhibition to bring Otago Museum textiles to life

A new exhibition developed by the Otago Museum and curated by Assistant Collection Manager, Humanities, Jamie Metzger, provides an inspirational and contemporary interpretation of selected items from the Museum’s collection. Current opens Saturday 18 March to coincide with the 2017 iD Dunedin Fashion Week...

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Some fun in the sun

As the run of poor night-time weather has continued here in Dunedin, since the turn of the year I’ve had to resort to daytime observing to get my fix of astronomical excitement. Luckily despite my ongoing nocturnal misery, Dunedin’s long summer days (this week nearly fifteen hours between sunrise and sunset) have occasionally stayed clear long enough for me to point a specially-equipped telescope at our nearest star. As I’ve mentioned previously, you must never look directly at the sun through a normal telescope or binoculars as you will damage your eyes. However, there are types of telescope (called solar telescopes) which allow for safe solar viewing. In my case, I have...

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In search of the horse’s head

The past weeks haven’t been happy ones for Dunedin stargazers. Evening weather since Christmas has been dreadful, with few clear nights. With time off over the holiday period, and feeling astronomical withdrawal symptoms, I decided a stargazing road trip was in order...

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Summer and ice creams... it's a classic picture

But imagine the moulded ice delicacies displayed and consumed a century or more ago, rather than today’s triple-scoop cone of assorted flavours...

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Watch for a close approach of Venus and Neptune

I mentioned recently how readers who had access to binoculars or a telescope could spot Neptune, when it was relatively close to the planet Mars...

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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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