Peace Day Dress, Collection of North Otago Museum 83/248

As we commemorate Anzac Day 2019 I am reflecting on North Otago a century ago. By 1919 the war was finally over.

Image – Gina Buckley (photographer) and Rebecca Anderson (Gallery and Museum Technician) photographing Museum objects. February 2019

In 2019 we will be launching our Collections Online.

Fluming in Glen Street, 1917. Photograph. Waitaki District Archive 349.

The early story of electricity supply in Oamaru is a small commemorative display marking 100 years of the Waitaki electricity scheme.

North Otago Museum
12 November 2018 to 30 June 2019

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


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Limited places available.

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

Forrester Gallery opening soon

We have exciting news. A refurbished and upgraded Forrester Gallery will be reopening soon.

"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)

Epitaph biography

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

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.

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Steampunk HQ and the Forrester Gallery combine to present an exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Steampunk in Oamaru.

Steampunk HQ
11 May 2019 to 28 July 2019
Image credit: Burns Memorial 2018 poster winners, Brodie Holywell, Rory Bailey, Cam Notman, Weston School.

The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment.

31 August 2019 to 6 October 2019
Professor Richard Walter (left) and photographer Les O’Neill prepare collection items for photography, North Otago Museum.

In this talk Professor Richard Walter will talk about how archaeology (the study of the past) often provides unique perspectives on the present.

Inkbox, Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street, Oamaru
30 April 2019 - 6:00pm
St John Oamaru Q & A

A discussion about the proposal to move the Oamaru St John’s base to Awamoa Park.

Oamaru Library
2 May 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Storylines National Festival Story Tour

Come and hear New Zealand authors and illustrators share their ideas on how we can encourage children to be more engaged readers

Oamaru Library
15 May 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

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

Image: Sharon Mitchell, from left to right, Rafiki , Simba , Zazu, 2018, mixed media

Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery.

Forrester Gallery
20 July 2019 to 8 September 2019