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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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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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Far From Frozen: Cook Islands Edition

This week, the Otago Museum Science Engagement team and the Far From Frozen exhibition travelled to the Cook Islands. In partnership with the US Embassy in New Zealand, and with support from Air New Zealand, we are hanging out with more than 500 local students, talking about why Antarctica is so critical to the health of our oceans, and how we can all help to fight climate change.

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Portrait Exhibition Highlights Local Women

This September marks 125 years since New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. Otago Museum has received funding from the Ministry for Women to create a project that will celebrate both the anniversary, and the women who make up the fabric of Dunedin.


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est. 1868: Love on the Forest Floor

The next instalment in our est. 1868 blog series: the mating game of kiwis.

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Anthonie Tonnon returning to the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

Otago Museum is thrilled to announce a return season of Anthonie Tonnon’s A Synthesized Universe, with another six shows to be performed in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium from 31 October.


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Desperately Seeking Tuhura

Otago Museum is searching for one mystery visitor who shares their name with the Museum’s award-winning Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.


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