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Donation of Museum’s Discovery World interactives

The Discovery World interactives being handed over and installed   With the development of the new science centre well underway, exhibits from the now-closed Discovery World are being relocated to new homes. The air cannon and the magnetic crane from the original Discovery World at Otago Museum are being donated to the children’s ward at Dunedin Public Hospital, with the install set to take place on Tuesday 26 September. “The Paediatric inpatient unit uses distraction therapy as part of the holistic care it provides to the children in our service. We are extremely grateful to the Museum for the donation of such items. They will be very much appreciated by the children who...

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Meet Museum Guide Amanda, who has been working at the Otago Museum for seven months, combining her knowledge of archaeology with her passion for sharing the Museum’s interesting stories with our visitors.

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Creative Pasifika showcase: ocean shells and swells

Shells have a special allure. In many Pacific cultures they are transformed into beautiful objects of adornment. For Creative Pasifika 2017, a selection is featured in a special exhibition on the Museum’s Atrium Level 1. The display includes a pearl shell nelo (nose ornament) from the Santa Cruz Islands, given to the Museum by the Reverend George West.

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Why does thinking about infinity make my head hurt?

Now that Discovery World Tropical Forest has closed for redevelopment, everyone is asking about the new science centre. With 50 new interactives, there’ll be lots for you to discover. Leading up to the opening in December we’ll explore some interesting topics that you may find in our new science centre. We start with this brain bender ... read on!

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Introducing our Front of House Team: Q & A with the face(s) of Otago Museum

Meet Kimberly, Front of House Officer – Information Desk, who has been with the Museum for a year, greeting all who enter.

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Q & A with Trudi Webster, saving yellow-eyed penguins

The yellow-eyed penguin, thought to be one of the world’s rarest penguins, has a dedicated advocate – the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) – committed to saving this endangered species. The Otago Museum and Otago Regional Council jointly support the YEPT and the work of Dr Trudi Webster in her role as Conservation Science Advisor.

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Discovery World - a loving retrospective

For the last 26 years in Otago Museum, Discovery World has been an icon of fun and learning for the children of Dunedin – me included! It has been the source of learning, inspiration and joy, as well as perhaps the occasional fright.

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Researcher Insights: Q & A with Dr W Ross Ramsay

The Otago Museum is a busy place, with over 350,000 people through our doors in the last year. A number of these visitors are researchers who have requested access to our world-class collection of 1.5 million+ objects to support their studies.

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Education @ OM: Permian Programmes

Everything’s going prehistoric at Otago Museum and the Education Team is very excited! Our new exhibition, Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters is opening at the Museum on 26 August, and to celebrate we are creating two curriculum-linked programmes for schools.

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Friend of a Friend

Eva Skinner was a founding member of the Association of Friends of the Otago Museum, established in 1926. Eva’s husband, Henry Devenish (H D) Skinner (then Assistant Curator at the Museum), had seen the positive effect of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum during his time as a student in Cambridge, England and was keen to work with a similar group in Otago. The ‘extension and enrichment of the collections’ was specifically mentioned in the proposal described in the Otago Daily Times in 1925.

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