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Tūhura Otago Museum Blog

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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The Frosted Phoenix Rises Again

On the night of 2 March 2024, at the South Sea Hotel in Oban on Stewart Island, Pav Johnsson, a Swedish bird watcher and enthusiastic lepidopterist, became the only known living person to see the frosted phoenix moth (Titanomis sisyrota).

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Postcards from Agnes

One of the areas of our Absolutely Agnes exhibition (in the People of the World gallery) where Agnes Fawcett Barden (néHallenstein) starts to feel real is the selection of postcards she wrote to, and occasionally with, family members.  


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Summer Holiday Fun with Bugs

The candidates for the 2024 Bug of the Year contest provide some notable examples of what bugs get up to over our summer holidays. Hear from each candidate before you make your decision.

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Taoka tūturu - One man’s finds are a community’s treasures

One keen-eyed beach walker’s finds have inspired a successful community-based initiative to identify and register taoka tūturu in Southland...


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An Ode to the Dioramas of the Forster Hall

Have you ever wondered where in the city of Dunedin you can see the perfect intersection of art and science?

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“It’s all in the making”: The Margery Blackman Textile Collection

The People of the World Gallery has been home to an exhibition highlighting a unique and intricate textile collection, learn more about it before it ends this October.

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A Cracking Good Collection

Supermarkets may be short of eggs, but with more than 1000, Tūhura Otago Museum certainly isn’t, reports Allison Miller.

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Aotearoa’s Invertebrate Stamps

Enjoy a blog by Otago Museum's Honorary Philatelic Curator Melville Carr about his collection of invertebrate stamps.

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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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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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