A planned major Otago Museum audit, which will be ushered in by a big pilot project next February, aims to improve the quality of data available about collection items, museum organisers say.
Concern over the lack of a specialised conservator at Otago Museum has been raised again, at the museum's governing trust board meeting.
A recent exhibition of Maori treasures from the Otago Museum in Dunedin's Chinese sister city, Shanghai, has deepened understanding of Maori culture in China, organisers say.
Dunedin is likely to gain increased Chinese tourism through the success of a major Otago Museum exhibition in Shanghai, a museum senior manager says.
A recent exhibition of Maori treasures from the Otago Museum in Shanghai proved a "staggering success", attracting more than 611,000 visitors and far exceeding the 400,000 to 500,000 attendance initially expected.
Key interactive exhibits from one of the Otago Museum's most popular free-entry shows, "Your Face Here", will reappear at the museum science centre next month.
The Otago Museum is the first major museum in New Zealand and Australia to begin installing a sophisticated new radio tracking system to monitor its artefacts.
The Otago Museum cafe's first year of reorganised operations has been "an important milestone" for the museum, chief executive Shimrath Paul says.
The long and often controversial journey of the Mataatua Maori meeting house, once prominently displayed at the Otago Museum, has taken another significant turn, with its recent reopening at Whakatane.
The Otago Museum complex, including new sections, is to be classified as a category 1 building, of national heritage significance, by the Historic Places Trust.
More new exhibitions, more promotion and more available parking were among suggestions to boost attendance at the Otago Museum made by visitors in a recent survey.
The Otago Museum has won a reprieve from a looming deadline by which it was supposed to refurbish and reopen the 133-year-old former post office building next door.
The Dunedin City Council is looking to charge the Otago Museum rent for the still-vacant 133-year-old former post office building next door, despite continuing delays in refurbishing the building.
A Royal Albatross Centre tour guide whose whanau originally lived at Taiaroa Head has been named DunedinHost personality of the year.
The recent opening of a major new exhibition, "Te Ao Maori: Maori Treasures from the Otago Museum", in China reflected a further advance in the museum's relationship with the Shanghai Museum, organisers said.
Otago Museum Trust Board member Associate Prof Peter Dearden is seeking clarification about how the museum is maintaining some specialised skills, including in conservation, given contracting out of some services.
A large mural by Dunedin sculptor John Middleditch has been given to the Otago Museum and will be displayed in the Southern Land, Southern People gallery.
More than 1.1 million visitors have flocked to Otago Museum's Discovery World science centre since it opened its doors on August 9, 1991.
A major exhibition of Maori artefacts - more than a decade in the making - "Te Ao Maori: Maori Treasures from the Otago Museum" opened last week at the Shanghai Museum, in Dunedin's Chinese sister city. John Gibb accompanied a 16-strong Otago Museum delegation to the opening.
The Otago Museum and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum have signed an agreement involving a staff exchange programme.