Long-serving former Otago Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul has been granted a rare honour- having a wing at the museum named after him.
A touring show at the Otago Museum, which conjures up the heartbreak and hopes arising from the Canterbury earthquakes, has attracted more than 25,000 visitors, many finding it a highly emotional experience.
The Otago Museum has donated about 35sq m of used carpet tiles to the Taieri Historical Society for a church room in its Historical Park complex, near Outram.
A series of quirky interactive exhibits called ''Mirror Magic'' has proved a popular addition to Otago Museum's science centre since being installed in October, museum organisers say.
The Otago Museum is establishing a series of research fellowship and scholarship awards in a bid to learn more about its internationally significant collection.
The Otago Museum has been invited to stage a big exhibition at the opening of a major new museum in Shanghai early next year in a ''great honour'' for the Dunedin institution, organisers say.
Otago Museum officials are considering developing a larger conservatory at the museum's southern frontage, to overcome draught issues and increase seating capacity at the nearby museum cafe.
Anxieties are growing at the Otago Museum Trust Board about financial pressures which could result in the museum drawing down substantial amounts of its funding reserves to maintain services in coming years.
Recommendations from others are playing a significant part in encouraging people to visit the Otago Museum, a recent survey indicates.
More than 10,000 people attended the recent "Off the Wall: World of Wearable Art Up Close" show at the Otago Museum, and entry charges came close to meeting costs, organisers said.
A major touring show focusing on the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake will help convey the impact and the science behind one of New Zealand's biggest natural disasters, Otago Museum officials say.
Otago Museum marketing and development co-ordinator Juliet Pierce is expecting to gain further insights into museum-based science education for young people through a staff exchange trip to the National Science Museum of Thailand in Bangkok.
The Otago Museum plans to build a small conservatory early next year to help overcome draughty conditions near the museum foyer.
Issy Livingstone (9), of Temuka, points at the two red belly piranhas in a glass tank at Otago Museum yesterday.
Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie expects a "good range of quality candidates" will seek the museum's top job.
The public has responded "very positively" to the recent redevelopment of the Otago Museum's much-loved Animal Attic, museum organisers say.
Earlier fears that a World of Wearable Art exhibition at the Otago Museum could incur a sizeable loss have been allayed, thanks to a positive public response.
Otago Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul has resigned to take up a position as head of an Indonesian centre of excellence for cancer treatment.