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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!

Otago Museum requires full vaccination for all visitors from 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December

Following a detailed risk analysis, and in order to ensure the wellbeing of our community, our visitors, and our staff, we require everyone entering Otago Museum to be fully vaccinated, effective 3 December 2021. It is our firm, evidence-based view that ensuring everyone is fully vaccinated will make our Museum as safe as it can be, whilst still allowing access to as many people as possible to enjoy our institution. The Covid-19 Protection Framework, or traffic light system, will come into effect at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December. From that time, all visitors to Otago Museum will need to show their My...

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Rēkohu Travel Journal – Part One: Birds and the Bush

Tēnā kotau mai Rēkohu! Tēnā koutou mai Wharekauri! Greetings from Chatham Island! 

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Nightmares in a Museum

Our staff often get asked at Halloween what some of the scariest things in the museum are...

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Garden Birds of Dunedin

Dunedin is a paradise for bird lovers. There are so many great bird reasons to live in this city and it is only getting better with the predator trapping work in our community that the Halo Project and City Sanctuary support.

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Intern Blog: Sam Finch

Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to spend one day a week with the conservation team at the Otago Museum as part of an internship program with the University of Otago. Throughout my time at the museum, I have been able to experience many different things and learn a lot about conservation and how the museum runs. Perhaps the most notable thing I learned is that conservators do a lot more than just conserving objects. Every day in conservation is different, one day you are taking photos of ancient metalwork, the next preparing for a new...

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Time flies when you’re having fun

People say time flies when you retire, but Otago Museum’s Honorary Curator of Entomology, Associate Professor Steve Kerr is taking that literally.

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Fashion FWD: clothing in ancient Greece

To mark the exhibition, Fashion FWD, Robert Hannah, the honorary curator of the Classical collections, here looks back to examples of ancient dress fashion.

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Jars of Pickled Sea Cucumbers

“What is that?” is a question I receive often. As a scientist who studies marine invertebrates and now lampreys (the topic of my PhD thesis) I am used to receiving looks of disgust, shock, and — in the case of my aunt — horror when I describe my study organisms.

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All about bumblebees!

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Happy Archaeology Week

Welcome to #NZArchaeologyWeek! This week we have brought together some of Otago Museum and the University of Otago's favourite Archaeologists to share some of their favourite objects from our collection.

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