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Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica

Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter.

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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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Milestones and Medals: Antarctica Celebrates a 250th Anniversary

Tue, 17 Jan 2023

Today marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most significant milestones in Antarctic history: the first recorded crossing of the Antarctic Circle.

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Watch: The Two Lives of Lady Mary von Haast

Thu, 22 Dec 2022

Julia Bradshaw, Senior Curator Human History, shares her research into the fascinating and often-overlooked life of Lady Mary von Haast (née Dobson), the wife of Museum founder Sir Julius von Haast.

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Tricky Tupperware: Plastics in the Museum

Fri, 14 Oct 2022

From the end of October 2022, Tupperware will no longer be imported to New Zealand, which means no more Tupperware parties!

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