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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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The month ahead @ OM

The Museum’s April programme is continuing to ramp up. The month ahead is looking to be busier than ever with two exciting newly opened exhibitions, events supporting Wild Dunedin’s Festival of Nature and the inaugural New Zealand Archaeology Week, plus our usual range of cool school holiday programmes and activities...

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Discovery Squad @ OM

School holidays are an exciting time at Otago Museum. The rush of the crowds, the thrill of tours in action and the sound of children playing is exhilarating...


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Recent Southern sunfish stranding on Aramoana salt marshes

On Wednesday 18 January Otago Museum was notified by the Department of Conservation about a dead Southern Ocean sunfish (Mola ramsayi) found on the Aramoana salt marshes...

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Butterfly gynandromorphism: a tropical surprise!

Our Tropical Forest is home to a variety of butterflies from the Philippines and Costa Rica. We know exactly what species we are importing. However, sometimes something unexpected emerges from the pupae – and it’s amazing!

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2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition winners announced

The 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition opened at Otago Museum on Saturday 25 March, with a prize-giving recognising Otago’s talented amateur photographers and videographers. The competition, supported by Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, Canon, and the Otago Daily Times, received a record number of entries this year, with 2,226 submissions across Animal, Plant, Human Impact on the Environment, Pets, and Night Skies photo categories, as well as the popular Wildlife in Action video category. The 2017 Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Douglas Thorne with ‘Rifleman perched’, captured in Fiordland. This photo also won the Animal 15 years and over category. Melanie Middlemiss is this year’s Jury Prize winner with her shot ‘Horsing around’ taken...

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Museum acknowledged for high standard of animal welfare

Otago Museum has been recognised for its high standards and appreciation of animal welfare with the Tropical Forest becoming the first and only butterfly enclosure in Australasia to achieve accreditation by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA).

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An Adam Smith skirt – bespoke fashion for a well-dressed 1950s working woman

The Museum has recently been given a skirt made by the well-known 20th century Dunedin tailor, Adam Smith. For about four decades Smith operated his business from premises in Moray Place; mostly from an address now occupied by another much-loved Dunedin institution: the Asian restaurant. 

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Devon Smith, inspired...

Our latest exhibition, Current, features nine creatives and their works inspired by items in the Museum’s textile collection. In a series of blog interviews we introduce the artists.  

How would you describe your work and aesthetic?

All my work’s quite soft and physical in a way, not just because I’m painting the female form, but feminine. It’s all very soft and lush, maybe a little bit ethereal as well.

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Jessica Leigh, inspired…

Our latest exhibition, Current, features nine creatives and their works inspired by items in the Museum’s textile collection. In a series of blog interviews we introduce the artists. 

How would you describe your work and aesthetic?

Very feminine, soft, romantic, very texture-based. I like monotone – the whole outfit is usually one colour...

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A night of bright meteors

With clear sky forecast, and with excellent prospects for a really good auroral display, last Friday I headed out to Hoopers Inlet. As the sun set behind the hills, I set up my cameras for what I hoped would be a memorable evening of aurora hunting.

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