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Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters to land at Otago Museum

Step back 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea in Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters, open at the Otago Museum from Saturday 26 August.

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Kentucky Fried Crab

In Otago Museum’s latest exhibition, Current, nine contemporary artists and designers were invited to create a new work of art inspired by an object from the Museum’s diverse dress and textile collection. Fashion designer Max Mollison selected a 1950s beaded cocktail hat as the starting point for his crab-inspired fashion feast, Keep your filthy paws off my silky claws.

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Hākui exhibition to open at Canterbury Museum

Otago Museum’s Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu exhibition, which shares the stories, achievements and legacies of respected wāhine from the perspective of kā uri whakatipu, today’s generations, is set to open at Canterbury Museum this Friday, 9 June.

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Significant James Short telescope now on display at Otago Museum

Late last year, the Otago Museum discovered it is home to what appears to be the oldest telescope in New Zealand.

 

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The month ahead @ OM: June

June may bring us the shortest days of the year, but at Otago Museum we’re packing as much into them as ever! Some June events are already sold out, so book now for the following, while places are still available.

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Education @ OM: Introducing Eden

The ever-busy Otago Museum Education Team has expanded its ranks recently, with the addition of Eden Gray. Previously working solely in the role of Science Communicator, Eden has now taken on a dual role between both the Education Team, and Programmes & Science Engagement Team.

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Dunedin’s first female detective’s fashion fur donated to Museum

The Otago Museum’s significant textiles collection continues to grow with the donation of a fur stole originally owned by Dunedin’s first female uniformed detective, Lenore Lillian Wilson (née Lawrence).

 

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Clean Break – Animal Attic Conservation Update

We’re halfway through our Animal Attic Project, and the Conservation team, with the help of our Facilities and Natural Science collection colleagues, have been busily beavering away. The gallery has been emptied of specimens, except for our Asian elephant skeleton which stayed put. After a good clean, it has kept us company while we work in the eerily empty gallery.

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Otago Central Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Our solar system is vast and really hard to visualise. Representations of planets are always out of scale, with the planets placed far too close together. To recreate the solar system to scale, you need room – and lots of it.

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Otago Museum achieves CEMARS® certification

The Otago Museum has achieved CEMARS certification (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) through a programme run by Enviro-Mark Solutions, helping organisations to accurately measure their greenhouse gas emissions, and put in place strategies to manage and reduce impacts.

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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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