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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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Blumhardt Foundation means more art at Otago Museum

With the support of the Blumhardt Fund, Otago Museum has recently acquired an exciting group of additions to the crafted corner of our collections...

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A New Zealand Fruit and Vegetable Production

To accompany 'Fresh Produce' our current Stairwell Display, we have been delighted with a blog by our resident philatelist, Dr R Melville Carr.

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Silver Island – World Book Day

“One of the best adventure stories young New Zealand has yet been given”, was the Herald reviewer’s summary of Edith Howes’ Silver Island, when it was published in 1928...

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Chess-ness

A Radio NZ interview early in the New Year discussing New Zealand’s 129th Chess Congress – played in Christchurch 2 – 12 January – reminded me of the sole chess set in Otago Museum’s collection...

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Rēkohu Travel Journal – Part Two: Shells and the Sea

Kīoranga! Hello again from Rēkohu / Wharekauri / Chatham Island.

The sea around Rēkohu is rich and abundant. It is easy to spot the signs of diverse coastal life along the foreshore between high and low tide...

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Rēkohu Travel Journal – Part One: Birds and the Bush

Tēnā kotau mai Rēkohu! Tēnā koutou mai Wharekauri! Greetings from Chatham Island! 

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Nightmares in a Museum

Our staff often get asked at Halloween what some of the scariest things in the museum are...

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Garden Birds of Dunedin

Dunedin is a paradise for bird lovers. There are so many great bird reasons to live in this city and it is only getting better with the predator trapping work in our community that the Halo Project and City Sanctuary support.

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Fashion FWD: clothing in ancient Greece

To mark the exhibition, Fashion FWD, Robert Hannah, the honorary curator of the Classical collections, here looks back to examples of ancient dress fashion.

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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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