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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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Friend of a Friend

Eva Skinner was a founding member of the Association of Friends of the Otago Museum, established in 1926. Eva’s husband, Henry Devenish (H D) Skinner (then Assistant Curator at the Museum), had seen the positive effect of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum during his time as a student in Cambridge, England and was keen to work with a similar group in Otago. The ‘extension and enrichment of the collections’ was specifically mentioned in the proposal described in the Otago Daily Times in 1925.

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Otago Museum’s sunfish – the largest known specimen of the new hoodwinker sunfish, Mola tecta.

Over the past four years the taxonomy of the world’s heaviest bony fishes has been under review, and a new species has been discovered. 

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The secret of delicious chocolate? It’s written in the genes!

This school holidays, the science engagement team is exploring the delicious science of chocolate! Known as ‘food of the gods’, chocolate, made from the cacao bean, is a favourite treat of many, including me!

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2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition’s People’s Choice announced

Museum visitors and photography fans have had their say, submitting 3,038 total votes for this year’s Otago Wildlife Photography Competition’s People’s Choice Award across all competition entries.

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Introducing our Front of House Team: Q & A with the face(s) of Otago Museum

Meet Alice, Museum Guide, who has been meeting and greeting our visitors for just over a year. Her study background is in law and science (geology and ecology). 

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Exhibition’s fan favourite soon to be announced

As Otago Museum’s 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition wraps up this month, visitors to the exhibition are being asked to vote in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ before Monday 17 July.

 

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Constellation of the Month: Delphinus

This is Delphinus – the Dolphin. It’s an ancient constellation, one of Ptolemy’s first 48. Despite its small size and non-descript squarish shape, this is a fairly easy constellation to find. By chance, everything else around this constellation is less impressive; it’s a bright little diamond off by itself.

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The month ahead @ OM: July

July is the last month to enjoy and say ka kite to Discovery World as we know it! Following the July School holidays it will close for redevelopment, and our highly anticipated new science centre will open at the end of the year with an amazing line-up of 50 new interactives, including a a six metre-high DNA-inspired slide! 

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Development of Museum’s new science centre set to begin

Otago Museum’s popular Discovery World Tropical Forest will be closed following the July school holidays to allow construction to begin on the second stage of the development of its highly anticipated science centre.

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Introducing Otago Museum’s jewelled gecko… ‘Manawa’

Otago Museum’s treasured jewelled gecko – moko kākāriki has officially been named, following a competition run by the Museum seeking inspiration from the community.

 

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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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