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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. 

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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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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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Research Insights – Q & A with Peter Hadden

I am a part-time postgraduate student in Auckland at the University of Auckland, Department of Ophthalmology, and also a practising ophthalmologist (eye surgeon)...

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World Cities Day

31 October has been designated as World Cities Day by the United Nations. The Day is expected to promote interest in urbanization.

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The Travels of Tuna: New Zealand’s largest migrating fish

The story of New Zealand’s tuna actually begins and ends in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga...

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A Jacket Made in France

A new addition to the Museum’s dress collection unexpectedly involves the story of the first male staff member in the then Home Science Department, University of Otago; a dashing 24-year-old Frenchman named Monsieur Rene Thevenot. Our recently acquired garment is a stylish New Look jacket, sewn by Patricia Coleman in 1954, near the end of a year’s study in Europe. Image 1 blog2 Jacket made by Patricia Coleman in Vichy, France, in 1954. G2020.15 Gift of University of Otago; Otago Museum Collection. Photograph by Jen Copedo It has a...

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Research Insights Q & A – Luna Thomas

What is your place of study? I am a PhD student at the University of Otago in the zoology department. I am studying the mating behaviour of the endemic stag beetle Geodorcus helmsi. Tell us about your visit My visit was fascinating! The University of Otago has a large number of stag beetles in their collection! I was able to get localities off of them, which will allow me to get a better picture of their range. I was also able to get a better understanding of the variation in the morphology across this...

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Reverend Dr Charles Elliot Fox

1920s honorary collector 

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