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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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est. 1868: Stirn’s Optimus detective camera

Designed to fit beneath a waistcoat, with only the lens showing through a buttonhole, this small-for-its-time camera provoked some interesting reactions when it launched in the 1880s. 

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Est. 1868: Waste not, want not

Why does a preserving jar filled with elastic appear in the quirkiest category of est. 1868? Honorary Curator Jane Malthus explains.

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Est. 1868: Bachelor beware

What stories are hidden inside this tiny box, currently on display in est. 1868? Curator Moira White takes a peek. 

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The dinosaurs are dead, long live the dinosaurs!

Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters closes 25 February 2018. Here Marketing Assistant Louis Graham explores the meaning behind the name

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Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Exhibition’s fan favourite soon to be announced

As Otago Museum’s 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition wraps up this month, visitors to the exhibition are being asked to vote in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ before Monday 17 July.

 

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Kentucky Fried Crab

In Otago Museum’s latest exhibition, Current, nine contemporary artists and designers were invited to create a new work of art inspired by an object from the Museum’s diverse dress and textile collection. Fashion designer Max Mollison selected a 1950s beaded cocktail hat as the starting point for his crab-inspired fashion feast, Keep your filthy paws off my silky claws.

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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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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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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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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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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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