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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!

Tarantula Nebula

Sky Guide: February

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

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preserving jar elastic

Est. 1868: Waste not, want not

Why does a preserving jar filled with elastic appear in the quirkiest category of est. 1868? Honorary Curator Jane Malthus explains.

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Leading US Physicist to Throw Light on the 100-year Quest for Einstein’s Gravitational Waves

Otago Museum is pleased to be co-hosting, with the Dodd-Walls Centre and the University of Otago, a free public talk by Professor Nergis Mavalvala on Thursday 31 January.


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bachelor buttons est

Est. 1868: Bachelor beware

What stories are hidden inside this tiny box, currently on display in est. 1868? Curator Moira White takes a peek. 

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Meet Tūhura's tropical fish

Science Communicator Sophie Adams introduces the newest residents of the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.

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potae taua

Potae taua

Intern Isaac Te Awa recently spent five weeks working on the Otago Museum’s Māori textile collection, where one item in particular caught his eye: potae taua. Here he shares what he’s discovered about these distinctive symbols of grief. 

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Interview with wildlife photographer Izumi Schmidt

Are you hoping to shoot a winning image for this year’s Otago Wildlife Photography Competition? Wildlife photographer and one of our 2019 judges, Izumi Schmidt, shares some stories and advice.

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Carina Nebula

Sky Guide: January

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

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1 Sarracenia flower

Appetite for destruction: Tūhura’s carnivorous plants

Plants that eat insects? Not only do they exist, we’ve got some growing in the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. Read all about them here, then come and check them out for yourself.

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Otago Museum Frogs have New Home

Some long-time favourites from the Otago Museum have shifted house.

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Our blog aims to keep you informed of the latest happenings at the Otago Museum, through posts about our collections, our people and our work.


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