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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!

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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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Thicc bee-auties

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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The Enduring Rose: Cultivating Fashion

The rose, more than any other flower, has inspired illustration and imagination. The unmistakable scent, the graceful beauty, the delicate petal texture of the rose bud and bloom, the unforgiving nature of its thorns – all these are familiar images and remembered sensations.

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Winging It

"I’ve been riding with sam for almost ten years. He’s been to every climbing crag on the South Island. It might be the longest relationship I’ve ever had,” Anne says with a smile and a nod at the impressive web on her 2003 faded green Subaru Impreza.

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A time when two legs was bad (for women)

*We take it for granted now that anyone of any gender can wear trousers or show their legs in our culture, but it was not always so.* In the 1880s and 1890s, some women tried wearing trousers or even just divided skirts to ride bicycles or sit astride horses, but they were made fun of, and hounded by groups of men and boys. Victorian-style dress, worn for most of the 19th century, embodied gender role differences: for men, dark, sombre colours, and shapes indicating seriousness, expanded shoulders and chests to show strength, bifurcated trousers to allow activity. Women had small waists...

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Introducing Oatmeal!

Hand-loomed, ethically sourced, and beautiful.

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Is it a horse? Is it a deer? Is it a sheep? Rhyta in the Classical Collections

Otago Museum has a number of drinking horns called rhyta. See if you can identify them all!

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Here be monsters: Giant Squid from the Catlins

Dive into the history and mystery of the giant squid (Architeuthis dux) with On Lee Lau!

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Introducing Rosi

Our amazing Honorary Curator (and Twitter Queen)

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