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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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First Private Viewing for Dunedin's Wantok Community

On Saturday 2nd September 2023, this perception changed for Dunedin’s Wantok Community who were given, for the first time, a private viewing of Melanesian artefacts and an opportunity to share food and tok stori (‘share stories and converse’) at Tūhura Otago Museum.


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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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“Mr Henry Godfrey's excellent model of the pioneer ship Philip Laing”

Tūhura Otago Museum has many ship models on display. Most are in our Maritime Gallery, but there’s also the historic blue wall of Oceanic model vaka, a model of the Dunedin in Southern Land, Southern People gallery...

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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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New Trans-Tasman gnat described

Mycetophilidae is a big word for a family of little flies that are no bigger than 1cm. What they might lack in physical size they make up for in diversity of species with around 3500 unique species found globally...

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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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