Image: Zuna Wright, New stone house #2, 2010,Gouache on paper, 635x982mm. Collection of the Forrester Gallery 2010.6.1

Welcome back to your place. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Forrester Gallery exploring the concepts of place and identity. 

Forrester Gallery
13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

 Anne Marie Basquin, The Changing Oceans: Deepwater Canyons, Our Oceans Exhibition 2020

29 artists and 20 scientists collaborate to bring you artworks exploring research by scientists.

Forrester Gallery
13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Forrester

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Forrester Inc will be held as follows;

Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Forrester Gallery

14 July 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Winter Holidays

Drop in Games and Lego: Use the library's Lego and try out games like Guess Who?, Bananagrams, Card and Memory games, Twister, Hedbanz, Snakes & Ladders, Jenga, Monopoly & more.

Oamaru Library
8 July 2020 - 10:30am to 16 July 2020 - 11:15am

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)

From Zealandia to Oamaru

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark presents: From Zealandia to Oamaru
An introduction to the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Proposal.

Ōamaru Library
16 July 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Collections Online

Explore our Collection The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more.

Image: George O’Brien (1821 – 1888), Oamaru from Pukeuri Hill, 1872, watercolour on paper, FG1985.11.1

O’Brien was born in Ireland to an aristocratic but not wealthy family and appears to have trained as an architectural draughtsman before emigrating first to Australia and later to Dunedin in 1863.

Crewel Embroidery of a ship at sea surrounded by flags and flowers. WMA 98/398

Work is underway at Waitaki Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

Image: 'The Stormcloud - Bushey Beach', Amos Glass, collection of the Forrester Gallery FG1992.5.1

The works in this small exhibition inside the old bank vault are all from the Forrester Gallery collection and all depict the sea near Ōamaru – by the harbour, or just south at Bushey Beach and Cap

13 June 2020 to 6 September 2020
Vigilance Committee Minutes. Collection of Waitaki Archive 28110

The recent pandemic lockdown has been a challenging event for all of us.

Epitaph biography

Epitaph is a series of biographical sketches produced by the North Otago Museum and Archive to commemorate local identities.