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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!

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Summer and ice creams... it's a classic picture

But imagine the moulded ice delicacies displayed and consumed a century or more ago, rather than today’s triple-scoop cone of assorted flavours...

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Watch for a close approach of Venus and Neptune

I mentioned recently how readers who had access to binoculars or a telescope could spot Neptune, when it was relatively close to the planet Mars...

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New MoU between University and Museum

A redeveloped memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University of Otago and Otago Museum is set to further invigorate already strong ties between the two institutions, stretching back nearly 150 years. Museum Director Dr Ian Griffin and University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne say the purpose of the new five-year MoU, which has just been signed, is to contribute to the research, teaching and community services of both institutions through collaborative activity. “From the University's perspective this is recognition of the knowledge, expertise and resources the Otago Museum offers,” says Professor Hayne.  “We have often tapped into that in the past and this memorandum of understanding is a way of updating and formalising an already...

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Treasured jewelled gecko returns to Otago

A jewelled gecko/moko-kākāriki has returned to Otago after being smuggled from its Otago Peninsula home into Germany three years ago.

Today the gecko was officially welcomed to its new home at Otago Museum by Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, Museum staff, the Department of Conservation (DOC), Setpoint Solutions and other parties involved in its repatriation.

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Museum data provided for south-east marine protection discussions

Over the last few years there have been some important consultations around what form a new marine protected area or network of areas should take, and where it should be located along the south-east coast of the South Island...

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Volunteers and Volunteering in Museums

On the 18th of November Otago Museum hosted one of its two annual Regional Museum Gatherings. As the name suggests these are an opportunity for staff and volunteers from museums and heritage institutions from around the region to get together and talk about issues that are important to us all. The theme for the latest meeting was Volunteers and Volunteering in Museums. Volunteers are a very important part of the heritage sector...

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Summertime @ OM

December is shaping up to be an exciting and fun-filled finale to another great year at Otago Museum, and the New Year brings more cool happenings...

 

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Tarantula moult!

Our Andean stripe knee tarantula (formerly known as orange striped birdeater tarantula), has moulted!  Moulting is a natural process that tarantulas and other arachnids go through in order to grow. They shed their old skin (exoskeleton), by wriggling free of it, then form a new one. The process is very strenuous and energy-consuming...

 

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A close approach of Mercury and Saturn

As darkness falls this week, there’s a fine celestial display in the south-western sky as the planet Mercury pops into view and sails past Saturn. With the sun setting at about 9pm there really is no excuse for local stargazers not to hotfoot it to a local beauty spot with a good view to the south-west and enjoy the spectacle. Once the sun has set, the planet Venus will be the first object you will see as the sky darkens. Often mistaken for an unidentified flying object, the second planet from the sun is spectacularly bright; at sunset it stands just about twenty degrees (or one handspan at arm’s length)...

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3D launching under the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium dome

Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium will soon become the first 3D planetarium in the Southern Hemisphere with the launch of We are Stars - 3D on Saturday 17 December.

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