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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 next stage in a journey of thousands of years

After five months of careful storage, the conservation process has commenced for the six moa footprints extracted from the Kyeburn River in May.

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Astronomers gather to witness a sunrise transit of Mercury in Mercury Bay

Astronomers gather to witness a sunrise transit of Mercury in Mercury Bay

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Otago Museum Collections Access Hiatus

Otago Museum is closing public and research access to its collections stores for six months from 1 January until 30 June 2020.

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More than just swan plants to keep butterflies fluttering by

Tūhura’s Tropical Forest at Otago Museum has a new mini-exhibition in place that discusses the native butterflies of Aotearoa New Zealand, and how we can aid in their recovery.


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Extreme Science on the Road

People living in hard to reach and remote communities are often excluded from experiences that urban New Zealanders take for granted; Extreme Science II is challenging this, by taking science, and scientists, to the far corners of Aotearoa.

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Tuvalu Language Day in Oamaru

Talofa! Otago Museum is helping Waitaki’s Tuvaluan community celebrate Tuvalu language week on Tuesday 1 October at the Oamaru public library.

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Otago Museum Education Team Over Achieving

Despite operating on piecemeal funding, the Otago Museum Education department’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme has educated record numbers of youth this year, surpassing government targets by a phenomenal 851%.

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Have you ever had a broken heart?

*The Museum of Broken Relationships – A public space for every union that ever was* Have you ever had your heart broken? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Give it to us, and join a global exhibition of loss and healing. The Museum of Broken Relationships (MoBR) is an original, internationally acclaimed museum, conceptualised by artists and founders, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić. Its mission is to provide a virtual and physical public space, with worldwide presence and global reach, to connect people through stories of love and loss. Every MoBR touring exhibition starts with establishing a link with...

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Museum campus goes entirely smoke-free

As of Sunday 1 September, the entire Otago Museum campus will be designated smoke-free. 

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Times Are Changing

From Monday 5 August, there will be a new series of objects to compel the viewer’s gaze in Otago Museum’s stairwell cases.

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