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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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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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Max Mollison, inspired…

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

 

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Tiny new type specimen added to collection

Otago Museum has recently received its first specimen classed as a new category of type specimen, called a hologenophore. The honour goes to a species of parasite collected near the Catlins! It was donated to us by Dr Bronwen Presswell, a parasitologist at the University of Otago.

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In the spotlight: Haast's Eagle and Upland Moa

Our Natural Science team recently removed two Museum icons, the Haast's eagle and Upland moa, from display in our Southern Land, Southern People gallery...

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Researcher Insights: Q & A with Lorraine Wong and Zhen Huang

Among the Museum’s fantastically varied collections are items from New Zealand missionaries in China who were supported by the congregation of Knox Church in Dunedin. Some came to us directly from individuals; some from the Church.

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