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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!

Special Puaka Matariki event planned

*Media release – 09.05.22* *Special Puaka Matariki event planned* This year, for the first public holiday to celebrate Matariki, Tūhura Otago Museum is working with the local rūnaka and the Dunedin City Council for a special community dawn ceremony that will open the festival. “The dawn reappearance of stars Puaka (Puanga) and Matariki signals the Māori new year, a time of celebration for iwi”, said Curator Māori, Gerard O’Regan. “It is also a time of reflection when we think about those whānau and friends who passed away over the previous year. That will be an important part of our dawn gathering this year...

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New exhibition announced – Michele Beevors: Anatomy Lessons

*Media release – 14.03.22* *New exhibition announced – Michele Beevors: Anatomy Lessons * While most people knit socks, or sweaters, Dunedin artist Michele Beevors knits memorials to elephants, gorillas and giraffes. Tūhura Otago Museum is excited to announce a free exhibition of Michele Beevors knitted menagerie scheduled to open on 9 April in the Animal Attic. The life-size sculptured animal skeletons are inspired by natural history exhibits and reflect on our relationship with animals. From the giant giraffe whose head is raised to the windowed ceiling, to tiny frogs, the works are ethereal and haunting. The first special exhibition in the Animal Attic, the Museum’s...

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A New Zealand Fruit and Vegetable Production

To accompany 'Fresh Produce' our current Stairwell Display, we have been delighted with a blog by our resident philatelist, Dr R Melville Carr.

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Silver Island – World Book Day

“One of the best adventure stories young New Zealand has yet been given”, was the Herald reviewer’s summary of Edith Howes’ Silver Island, when it was published in 1928...

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Rēkohu travel journal – Part Four – Museums and Collections

KīorangaWith my summer oRēkohu coming to a closeI’m getting ready to head back to Dunedin and the Otago Museum to catch up on the new happenings and exhibitions (like Sea Monsters!). 

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Fashionable donation for Museum

A striking donation from an award-winning fashion designer has extended the exhilaration of Fashion Forward>> Disruption through Design past the exhibition’s close date.

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Chess-ness

A Radio NZ interview early in the New Year discussing New Zealand’s 129th Chess Congress – played in Christchurch 2 – 12 January – reminded me of the sole chess set in Otago Museum’s collection...

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Rēkohu travel journal – Part Three – Fish and the Lakes

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! I’m thrilled to welcome the new year on Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Island and to show you some of the lakes we have visited on the island. 

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Otago Museum cements science communication leadership

Otago Museum’s Science Engagement Team has been given a boost with new support for two new outreach projects through the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation’s (MBIE) Unlocking Curious Minds (UCM) fund.

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Rēkohu Travel Journal – Part Two: Shells and the Sea

Kīoranga! Hello again from Rēkohu / Wharekauri / Chatham Island.

The sea around Rēkohu is rich and abundant. It is easy to spot the signs of diverse coastal life along the foreshore between high and low tide...

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