An operating deficit of nearly $400,000 in the exhibitions section of the Otago Museum's accounts, some of it linked to the "Survival Factor" science show, is no cause for concern, officials say.
An Otago Museum plan to occupy and upgrade the vacant 132-year-old former post office building next door - at a cost of up to $1 million - has been approved by the Dunedin City Council.
Otago Museum leaders plan to sign a memorandum of understanding with one of the world's largest science museums, providing a gateway for Otago science exhibits to enter the huge Chinese market.
Allegations which surfaced last year about an unhealthy management culture at the Otago Museum resurfaced at the annual plan hearings yesterday, when a city councillor accused museum chief executive Shimrath Paul of having his "head in the sand" on the issue.
Otago Museum organisers are disappointed the Dunedin City Council's latest proposed funding will not address genuine shortfalls, but the organisation will further "tighten its belt" to cope, museum chief executive Shimrath Paul says.
Leaders of an international science centre network have praised the way the Otago Museum prepared for, and hosted, its recent annual conference, Aspac 2010.
Long-disputed funding to support the Otago Museum's obligations under the Protected Objects Act has risen about 40% through a compromise deal with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
The Otago Museum's popular tropical forest will continue next year, the museum trust board has decided.
The Otago Settlers Museum has secured the future of its planned education outreach programme, involving some of the city's other museums, by gaining a key new Ministry of Education contract.
Otago Museum organisers are optimistic that international consultancy work and improved chances to sell interactive science exhibits overseas will result from a recent science conference.
Closer links between New Zealand's four biggest museums are starting to pay off, Otago Museum officials say.
Despite the huge power of computer search engines, internet-based learning does not threaten the future of science centres and museums, Dr Goery Delacote, one of the world's leading science centre directors, says.
The Otago Museum is moving on to the "world stage" by hosting the annual conference of an Asia Pacific science centre network, for the first time in New Zealand, organisers say.
Repeated vandalism to saplings in the Otago Museum reserve is "pretty disappointing", the Dunedin City Council says.
The resolution of a long-running dispute over Oldman collection artefacts held at the Otago Museum reflects a greatly improved relationship between the museum and Te Papa, Otago Museum officials say.
Gremlins in the Otago Museum's main entry automatic counting system may be partly to blame for an apparent big drop in museum visitors last year.
Core services at the Otago Museum will suffer if proposed cuts to funding go ahead, the organisation says.
A Charles Darwin exhibition developed at the Otago Museum has recently taken on a new life as a display at the South Australia Museum in Adelaide.
Jill Guy, who owns and operates the cafe at the Otago Museum, is not optimistic her lease will be extended, despite about 2000 people having signed a petition to support its continuation.