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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!


Discovery World - a loving retrospective

For the last 26 years in Otago Museum, Discovery World has been an icon of fun and learning for the children of Dunedin – me included! It has been the source of learning, inspiration and joy, as well as perhaps the occasional fright.

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Researcher Insights: Q & A with Dr W Ross Ramsay

The Otago Museum is a busy place, with over 350,000 people through our doors in the last year. A number of these visitors are researchers who have requested access to our world-class collection of 1.5 million+ objects to support their studies.

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Education @ OM: Permian Programmes

Everything’s going prehistoric at Otago Museum and the Education Team is very excited! Our new exhibition, Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters is opening at the Museum on 26 August, and to celebrate we are creating two curriculum-linked programmes for schools.

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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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