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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!


Surviving Chunuk Bair: H D Skinner at Gallipoli

Documents from H D Skinner at Chunuk Bair.

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Finding the line between mystery and knowledge

In good time for the silly season, Otago Museum is opening its first ever planetarium Christmas show — an in-house production, Christmas Mysteries.

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2019 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition – 20 years of beautiful amateur imagery

The 20th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition opens for entries from all of Otago’s amateur photographers and videographers on Monday 19 November 2018.

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World War One Postage Stamps

Honorary Curator Melville Carr examines how the Otago Museum stamp collection provides an insight into the consequences for Germany and its Oceanic colonial territories during Word War One.

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gladioli medals

est. 1868: A Champion Gladioli Grower

Curator Moira White explains why these medals, awarded by the Dunedin Horticultural Society, are part of the quirkiest category in est. 1868.

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Guttus featured

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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Southern Cross

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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Gustav Beer Dress Featured

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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