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Outreach heading out again

Following the successful Far from Frozen programme in Niue in August, the Otago Museum team is about to pack up and head to the Cook Islands. With the continued support of the United States Embassy and Air New Zealand, a team from Otago Museum is travelling to Avarua, Rarotonga on 24 September to present a week of school sessions, shows and community workshops. The showcase includes interactive displays, demonstrations and virtual reality experiences, all designed to communicate the science behind climate change.

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Discoverer’s granddaughter to view returned Polynesian textiles

Earlier this year several Polynesian textile items were returned to Otago, where they were found 124 years ago...

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Ancient weapon surfaces on the Taieri

The Otago Museum is very excited by a donation it has just received...

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Exhibition Design Garners National Acclaim

The Otago Museum has once again received national recognition for exceptional exhibition design at the 2018 Best Design Awards.

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Extreme Science Outreach

Otago Museum is taking its commitment to science outreach to the extreme again this year, travelling 3500 kilometres to Niue and the Cook Islands to deliver the Far from Frozen science showcase. With the support of the United States Embassy and Air New Zealand, a team from Otago Museum will travel to Alofi, Niue this Friday for a week of school sessions, shows and workshops that will engage nearly 500 students as well as community members. The showcase includes interactive displays, demonstrations and virtual reality experiences all designed to communicate the science behind climate change. Craig Grant, Director Science Engagement and Visitor Experience, says, “We believe it’s essential to bring this showcase to...

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New Species of Body Snatching Hairworm Discovered in Otago

When MSc research student Zachary Tobias arrived at the University of Otago from the United States, little did he know that he’d end up discovering a new species of hairworm. However in March 2016 he and his then fiancé (now wife), Brenah Hearne, made a unique find while collecting specimens for Zac’s research at the Rock and Pillar Range, near Dunedin. “We had been collecting these parasites all summer, but to the naked eye this particular specimen didn’t seem a whole lot different from the others. However, after having a look at the genetic data, it was obvious it was special. My collaborator Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, the worldwide expert on hairworm taxonomy, confirmed...

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Memories of Otago Museum

As the Otago Museum prepares to mark its 150th anniversary this September, planning is well underway for a superlative exhibition to celebrate. Now Dunedin locals will have a chance to add their own memories to the eclectic collection over a century in the making. Museum staff are calling for those who have stories to tell or pictures to share of their experience of the Otago Museum, from any time in the past century and a half. Head of Design Craig Scott explains, “We’ve created space in the exhibition design so we can include our community’s stories – the community is after all an integral part of the Museum’s history and success. We’d like...

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40 Years of Philanthropy

Dr Marjorie Barclay trustees Euan Wright, Nerissa Barber and Paul Barnett are delighted to announce that, 40 years after the death of Dunedin philanthropist Dr Marjorie Barclay, the charitable trust that bears her name has distributed grants now totalling over $6 525 000. A cocktail event at Otago Museum on Friday 20 July, with Mayor Dave Cull presenting the 2018 grants, celebrates the life of Dr Marjorie Barclay and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the professionals and volunteers specified as beneficiaries in Dr Marjorie Barclay’s will. The beneficiaries of the Dr Marjorie Barclay Trust are: Otago Museum ($50 000), the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Hospital ($50 000), the Order...

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2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition People's Choice

With the 2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition closing this Sunday, the time has come to announce the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award. Museum visitors and photography fans submitted over 2800 votes this year, which resulted in the first ever tie for first place. Carolena Booth, who captured Skateboarder Basil, and Jemma Bezuidenhout with her entry Flying Pup, will take home canvas prints of their photos, created by Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse. Both winners were entrants in the Pet – 14 years and under category. With an ever increasing number of entries, both photographic (2332) and video (53), the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition offers a unique opportunity for amateur photographers to have work displayed...

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Rare Discovery: New Long-legged Fly Found at Aramoana

Spending time on the mudflats around Aramoana over the summer led to a unique find for Associate Professor Steve Kerr, a neurotoxicologist at the University of Otago.

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