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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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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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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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