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est. 1868


Special Exhibitions Gallery

Special Exhibition

150 years of eclectic collecting.

Otago Museum marked its 150th anniversary on 12 September 2018. To celebrate, we're thrilled to present est. 1868.

Using “…est” as the curatorial driving point, the exhibition flips the script on the traditionally linear chronology of anniversary narratives. Several hundred objects, spanning the humanities, natural science and taoka Māori collections, have been interpreted into thematic strands, including the biggest, smallest, rarest, quirkiest, and tastiest.

The intriguingly displayed objects offer curious insights into the stories behind the objects and invite visitors to be amused, provoked and thoughtful, to reflect on the past and imagine the future.

Sections such as the deadliest and the hardest challenge us to consider changing attitudes to past museum practices, environmental issues, and society, and how the present will, could, or should shape the Museum’s development over the next 150 years and beyond.

Open daily until Sunday 14 April 2019, Special Exhibitions Gallery, free