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Aotearoa’s Invertebrate Stamps

Enjoy a blog by Otago Museum's Honorary Philatelic Curator Melville Carr about his collection of invertebrate stamps.

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Twelve Stamps of Christmas

As we embark on the enjoyable task of choosing Christmas cards to send to friends and family this yearit seems an appropriate time to think about the stamps that have been specifically designed for the season...

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Pendants, petals, and pumice: Lynn Kelly’s jewellery

Jeweller Lynn Kelly was part of the iconic Fluxus co-operative in Dunedin for 15 years after completing a craft design course in Wanganuibefore setting up her own workshopPlantsand human interactions with them, are at the heart of much of the work she creates 

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Media Release: Astronaut lands in Bluff

In what is thought to be a first, on Monday 31 October, an astronaut will be touching down in Bluff. 

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Southern Frontiers II Expedition

Kane Fleury, Curator, Natural Science, was invited to provide insight as a naturalist on an expedition of the southwest inlets of Fiordland. Read all about it here!

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‘Probably going [to] Auckland for bird studies’ – Lily Daff writes to H D Skinner

1 September was World Letter Writing Day and Moira White, our Curator, Humanities, has been delving through Otago Museum's historical correspondence...


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Research visit: Seabirds and plastics

 Dunedin is home to a diverse seabird population, and many of these species are represented in Tūhura Otago Museum’s collections. This makes our collection a useful resource for researchers like Kamya Patel, who is studying why seabirds ingest plastics.

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Science comes alive on the Chathams

From 16 August, 2022, Tūhura Otago Museum’s science engagement team will be spending a week on the Chatham Islands/Rēkohu/Wharekauri for the Chatham Islands Festival of Science, to help bring cutting-edge science and hands-on engagement to some of Aotearoa’s most remote communities.

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Coins Minted by Caligula Honouring Family Members

As part of the University of Otago's Classics Programme, George Morris takes a deep dive into Caligula and the coins he minted to honour his family members.

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Mighty Small, Mighty Bright Exhibition Announced

*Media release – 22/06/2022* *Today’s Science, Tomorrow’s Technology* Lasers, rainbows, and magnetic nanoparticles… they’re just some of the extraordinary science at your fingertips in the Mighty Small Mighty Bright exhibition opening at Tūhura Otago Museum on Saturday 2 July. The exhibition was created in partnership with New Zealand’s leading scientific research institutes, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, alongside Otago Museum and MOTAT. “The aim was to demystify the fascinating world of photonics, advanced materials, and nanotechnology”, said Marketing Coordinator, Charlie Buchan, “and it really does that, in a way that is fun and interactive for children and families”. The exhibition has 12 interactive...

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