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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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A day in the life of a butterfly pupa

Here at Otago Museum’s Tropical Forest we don’t breed our own butterflies. If we did, the caterpillars would eat all of the foliage and the forest would be unsustainable. Instead, we bring our butterflies in from Costa Rica and the Philippines...

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New Zealand’s oldest telescope discovered in Otago Museum collection

Otago Museum has discovered that it is home to what appears to be the oldest telescope in New Zealand.

Both the Otago Museum and Space Place in Wellington have telescopes within their collections made by James Short (1710–1768), a highly significant 18th century telescope maker, who studied classics, divinity and mathematics at Edinburgh University...

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The Month Ahead @ OM

Suddenly November is here and it’s another lively month at the Museum, with plenty of options for entertainment, education, or creativity.

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Researcher Insights

Q & A with Henry Gard.

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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An epic night of astronomy

Back in July 2015, I described a difficult celestial challenge which I intended to overcome. I set out to spot a marvellous object which astronomers call the great galaxy in Andromeda – a collection of a billion stars some two million light years from Earth.

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New categories in 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition

The 18th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition, an Otago Museum institution, opens for entries on Monday 14 November 2016.

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A Tour of the Deep South

The moon is new next Monday (31 October) at 6.40am, which means we are entering the part of the month known as ‘dark of the moon’. Of course with the nights getting shorter in the run up to the summer solstice, the amount of darkness is decreasing with each passing day, but with the sun setting just before 8.30pm and rising at around 6.15am, Otago skywatchers still get to enjoy almost ten hours of stargazing this week...

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Planets in the evening sky

I’m certain that my commute along Otago Peninsula from Dunedin to Portobello is one of the world’s best. After three years of making the journey twice daily, the constantly-changing outlook across the harbour is still awe-inspiring, even on days which are grey and overcast

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Mosgiel Medals

Preparing updates to our Southern Land Southern People gallery has proven to be a great stimulus to do extra research on the stories behind the items on display.   

This week I’ve been looking at the medals won by the Mosgiel Woollen Factory Company in 1879 and 1880. Two are from the Taieri Agricultural Society shows where it was estimated that over 1,400 adults attended. There’s a third from the Canterbury A & P Association.

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Supermoon and seventh planet

It’s full moon next Sunday 16 October at 5.23pm. Here in Dunedin, the moon will rise just after 8pm, and city dwellers should get a marvellous view as it slowly rises over the hills of the Otago Peninsula. Photographers should have their cameras ready for what will be, weather permitting, a lovely sight. If watching the full moon rise doesn’t sound exciting enough to raise you from your post-prandial Sunday repose, how about if I told you this week’s full moon will in fact be a supermoon? Just 19 hours after the moon is full, at 12.47pm on Monday, our closest celestial neighbour gets very close indeed, when it reaches perigee,...

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