Tense final preparations are being made at the Otago Museum for the opening today of "Otago's Ocean", a display exploring stories of ocean life, from tidal zones to the deep sea.
The Otago Museum has achieved a better-than-budget operating outcome seven months into the latest financial year, despite its popular tropical forest attraction generating less income than expected.
A Dunedin City Council report has identified potential areas for savings and belt-tightening in some Otago Museum costs but museum organisers say parts of the document are "inaccurate" and could create a "misleading impression".
A trail-blazing Otago Museum exhibition is likely to be viewed by up to half a million people in Shanghai, later this year, organisers say.
A fish pond at the Otago Museum's tropical forest attraction has recently become slightly too popular, with two people accidentally slipping in.
Members of a group of former Otago Museum staff are welcoming the prospect of "fresh blood" at the museum's governing trust board, including in its leadership.
Gemmologist Russell Beck shows an audience at Otago Museum the mechanics of one of the adzes he has made in the traditional Maori style. Photo by Gerard O'Brien. Pounamu is "not just a pretty stone" gemmologist Russell Beck told more than 50 people at Otago Museum yesterday in a demonstration about the properties of the stone and traditional Maori tool-making.
Otago Museum organisers hope to install a sophisticated $300,000 radio tracking system this year to monitor collection items at the museum.
The Otago Museum has done "extremely well" in attaining about 90% of its annual service performance goals, despite difficult economic times, museum programmes director Helen Horner says.
The Otago Museum is inviting visitors to face up to the future in an unusual way, through a do-it-yourself face-changing show.
Otago Museum director Shimrath Paul is contemplating his future as the winds of change blow through the boardroom of the Otago Museum.
A joint review of aspects of Otago Museum funding is a positive process and not intended to punish claimed deficiencies at the museum, organisers say.
Although its chairwoman and deputy chairman are changing, the Otago Museum Trust Board will maintain considerable continuity and strength, the board deputy chairman Malcolm Farry says.
The Otago Museum has received a $45,000 grant from the Dr Marjorie Barclay Trust, which will be used to develop a planned Otago's Ocean exhibition.
Long-serving Otago Museum Trust Board chairwoman Margaret Collins is "shocked and disappointed" she has been replaced as Clutha District Council representative on the board.
The Parata family has added to its taonga already housed in the Otago Museum by gifting rare flax kete dating back more than 100 years.
Mo Tatou, the biggest Maori touring exhibition to visit the Otago Museum for more than 20 years, received a stirring welcome yesterday.