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  • Mysteries of the long-tailed cuckoo

    Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Dissecting and investigating the innards of the long-tailed cuckoo, a mysterious New Zealand native bird, has lead to some surprising finds, Associate Emeritus Dr Brian Gill has discovered.

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  • Improving Our Galleries

    Friday, 10 May 2019

    In 2014-15 the Collection Care department conducted a survey of all light sensitive objects in our exhibitions and displays.

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  • Manava Toa: the Cook Islands in WWI

    Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    More than 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in the WWI. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. Find out more about these courageous servicemen.

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  • Good Vibrations

    Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    There is no such thing as good vibrations within a museum. While we're doing major works here, we have installed a vibration monitor within the museum walls to make our team aware if any vibrations are too vigorous.

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  • Moa than expected

    Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    In 2018, several Moa display skeletons were sent to the conservation team to be cleaned. Our team found the bones were not just dirty but very brittle in places due to previous attempts at preparing the bones for display. Our conservator Valerie Tomlinson tells of the meticulous work done to make these special bones useful as scientific specimens again.

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  • Keep calm and Barry on

    Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    If not stored correctly, negatives of photos are prone to developing 'vinegar syndrome' - an irrevocable syndrome that causes warping, embrittlement and shrinkage. To combat this problem our conservation team came up with a storage solution to re-house 80,000 photographic negatives from the Barry Mckay collection.

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  • Color our Collections

    Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Auckland Museum is proud to once again join the New York Academy of Medicine's #ColorOurCollections, in which libraries, archives, and museums create free colouring books based on objects in their collections.

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  • The history of Rajah

    Monday, 21 January 2019

    In 1924 a young Indian elephant appeared in the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in London. This was the elephant’s first stop in a journey that would finish at Auckland Museum, where he’d become one of the Museum’s most-loved exhibits

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  • Wild Child

    Monday, 21 January 2019

    In 1924 a young Indian elephant appeared in the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in London. This was the elephant’s first stop in a journey that would finish at Auckland Museum, where he’d become one of the Museum’s most-loved exhibits

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  • Aqua bats

    Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Resembling ‘squashed kiwifruit’, wet bats aren’t the prettiest creatures, so the photography team trialed some hair-raising tactics to get realistic shots of these rare, endangered creatures.

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