Welcome to the North Otago Museum

Janet Frame's typewriter at the North Otago Museum

Visit our permanent display dedicated to the life of one of New Zealand’s most famous writers, Janet Frame. Janet Frame spent much of her childhood in Oamaru. Her writing captures many local sites and personalities. The Museum display includes items with personal connections to Janet Frame.

Stewart Willett's with Waitaha taoka

On a February afternoon, in 1953, Allan Willetts was using a tractor and swamp plough to dig up a little-used paddock near the Waitaki River mouth. Allan’s parents had just brought lunch for him and his brother Colin when a turn of the plough unearthed many fine stone adzes.

Behind The Scenes

We are doing a lot of work on our collections for the Cultural Facilities Development Project. Look out for our updates on Facebook and our Blog page for details about our Visiting Experts and current projects.