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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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A world with no parasites: sustainable or not?

Parasites often get a bad rap, but these tiny species are an important part of our planet's ecosystems. Research Officer Anusha Beer explains why.

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est. 1868: The story behind our Balmain dress

A fine example of haute couture can be found in the rarest category of est. 1868. Honorary Curator Jane Malthus explains how a 1948 Balmain dress ended up in the Otago Museum collection.

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Soaking Up the Attention

Dive into Seaweek 2019 (2 to 10 March) with a trip to Animal Attic to view our collection of sea sponges. Collection Officer, Natural Science On Lee Lau tells us more about these unusual marine invertebrates.

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Sky Guide: March

Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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Est. 1868: The allure of Aphrodite

She’s been a symbol of love and beauty for many thousands of years. Honorary Curator Robert Hannah takes a deeper look at the story behind Aphrodite’s nude form.

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Est. 1868: Hats off to fashion

Petite hats were the height of fashion in the 1870s. Honorary Curator Jane Malthus takes a closer look at the 19th century trend for tiny headpieces.

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A Rifle with History

Otago Museum Conservation staff are today dismantling the only Collier 2nd model flintlock revolving rifle held in public collections around the world.

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Passing of Otago Museum's Board Chair


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Women in Science – Girls are Boss!

Otago Museum in collaboration with the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is hosting a series of workshops to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. The workshops are aimed at intermediate and high school students, and educators, and will run over 11 to 12 February.

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est. 1868: Stirn’s Optimus detective camera

Designed to fit beneath a waistcoat, with only the lens showing through a buttonhole, this small-for-its-time camera provoked some interesting reactions when it launched in the 1880s. 

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