Otago Museum saves on Shanghai exhibition

Otago Museum organisers have made big cost savings by improving transport arrangements for a major exhibition to be staged at a new museum in Dunedin's Chinese sister city, Shanghai.

Titled ''New Zealand: The wonders of the natural world'', the exhibition showcases this country's ''remarkable natural science'' as seen through the eyes of a Maori legend of creation, organisers say.

The Otago Museum has been invited to send to the big new exhibition or nearly 200 artefacts, to mark the open-ing later this year of the recently constructed Shanghai Natural History Museum.

It had initially been planned to build the accompanying display ''furniture'' in Dunedin and send it to Shanghai, but it became clear transport costs would have been ''horrendous''.

To save money, large display cases and supporting material, including information panels, would be constructed, printed and assembled in Shanghai, museum marketing and development manager Caroline Cook said.

Chinese authorities are now meeting the cost of producing the furniture.

The exhibition will feature at the grand opening of the Chinese museum in late June.


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