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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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Introducing the new face of Education @ OM

It’s a new year and we have a new-look Education Team at Otago Museum. Education Manager Kate Timms-Dean and Education Officer Emily Gray are here to serve the education needs of Otago and beyond...

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The month ahead @ OM

Somehow January is already behind us and the year feels well under way. Huge crowds of cruise ship visitors have been keeping the Museum buzzing as they check out our offerings. If you’re a local, we’d love to see you. Come in and discover what treasures are on your doorstep...

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Jupiter rising

Last Tuesday, clear sky in Dunedin found me in my garden taking pictures of remote nebulae through my telescope. As my camera clicked away, the long ten- minute exposures allowed me time to sit in a comfortable deckchair and enjoy the simple pleasure of exploring the sky overhead using binoculars...

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Current exhibition to bring Otago Museum textiles to life

A new exhibition developed by the Otago Museum and curated by Assistant Collection Manager, Humanities, Jamie Metzger, provides an inspirational and contemporary interpretation of selected items from the Museum’s collection. Current opens Saturday 18 March to coincide with the 2017 iD Dunedin Fashion Week...

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Jan 26

Some fun in the sun

As the run of poor night-time weather has continued here in Dunedin, since the turn of the year I’ve had to resort to daytime observing to get my fix of astronomical excitement. Luckily despite my ongoing nocturnal misery, Dunedin’s long summer days (this week nearly fifteen hours between sunrise and sunset) have occasionally stayed clear long enough for me to point a specially-equipped telescope at our nearest star. As I’ve mentioned previously, you must never look directly at the sun through a normal telescope or binoculars as you will damage your eyes. However, there are types of telescope (called solar telescopes) which allow for safe solar viewing. In my case, I have...

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20 January

In search of the horse’s head

The past weeks haven’t been happy ones for Dunedin stargazers. Evening weather since Christmas has been dreadful, with few clear nights. With time off over the holiday period, and feeling astronomical withdrawal symptoms, I decided a stargazing road trip was in order...

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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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