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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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est. 1868: The Once Popular Penwiper

Curator, Humanities Moira White examines an essential stationery item of the 19th and early 20th centuries: the quirky penwiper.

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Singular Opportunity to Hear Globally Important Astronomer

In a serendipitous confluence of chance, the Otago Museum has been able to entice the President of the American Astronomical Society to give a public talk at the Museum.


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Remembering Ray and Lyn Forster

As the Otago Museum marks its 150th anniversary, Assistant Curator Anusha Beer remembers Dr Raymond Robert Forster, the Museum’s director between 1957 and 1987, and his wife Lyn Forster.

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A Week of Wins

The Otago Museum has had a successful week with both funding and awards.

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The Tunnelweb Spider – Dunedin’s Heaviest and Most Popular Spider

Encountering the formidable-looking tunnelweb spider around the house or garden can make you jump! Assistant Collection Manager, Natural Science Kane Fleury tells us why we have nothing to fear.

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Sky Guide: December

Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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Josephine Gordon Rich: 19th Century Zoologist

Inspired by our exhibition, Our Women: 125 of Dunedin’s Extra-ordinary Women, Honorary Curator Rosi Crane looks at the work of 19th century zoologist Josephine Gordon Rich.

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Finding the Line Between Mystery and Knowledge

In good time for the silly season, Otago Museum is opening its first ever planetarium Christmas show — an in-house production, Christmas Mysteries.

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2019 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition – 20 Years of Beautiful Amateur Imagery

The 20th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition opens for entries from all of Otago’s amateur photographers and videographers on Monday 19 November 2018.

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World War One Postage Stamps

Honorary Curator Melville Carr examines how the Otago Museum stamp collection provides an insight into the consequences for Germany and its Oceanic colonial territories during Word War One.

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