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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!

A rifle with history

Otago Museum Conservation staff are today dismantling the only Collier 2nd model flintlock revolving rifle held in public collections around the world.

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Enter the Museum Collection

We've got a new display opening in the People of the World gallery on 7 February. 

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Potae taua

Intern Isaac Te Awa recently spent five weeks working on the Otago Museum’s Māori textile collection, where one item in particular caught his eye: potae taua. Here he shares what he’s discovered about these distinctive symbols of grief. 

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Creative Pasifika showcase: ocean shells and swells

Shells have a special allure. In many Pacific cultures they are transformed into beautiful objects of adornment. For Creative Pasifika 2017, a selection is featured in a special exhibition on the Museum’s Atrium Level 1. The display includes a pearl shell nelo (nose ornament) from the Santa Cruz Islands, given to the Museum by the Reverend George West.

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A day in the life of a Natural Science Curator

To celebrate International Museum Day 2017, we take a look behind the scenes at the Otago Museum to see what a random day in the office looks like. Thanks to Emma Burns, Curator Natural Science, for sharing a snapshot of her working day.

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Three Cups of Tea – Karen Taylor O’Neill and Elise Johnston, 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.

 

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Egyptian exoticism

While fashion is subject to rapid and continual change, it doesn’t always look straight ahead. Fashion’s ongoing dialogue with its own past leads to the seeking out of what is perceived to be new, novel and sometimes exotic from other time periods and cultures...

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Southern ceramic spotlight

In with the new! We have shifted the median date of the pottery on display in our Southern Land Southern People gallery into the 20th century! The wonderful work made by craftspeople at Milton Potteries and the Benhar factory is still on show...

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Some changes in the Southern Land, Southern People gallery

If you have visited recently, you may have noticed that one of our permanent galleries, Southern Land, Southern People, looks a bit different. Over the past few months we have been giving the gallery a bit of a makeover – no dramatic changes, but little modifications to make it more welcoming...

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Kelly O'Shea, 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.

 

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Our blog aims to keep you informed of the latest happenings at the Otago Museum, through posts about our collections, our people and our work.

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