Join novelists Sue Wootton and Laurence Fearnley for conversation and readings from their recent novels Strip and The Quiet Spectacular.

Oamaru Library
1 November 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways
Photographs by Derek Smith and Maclean Barker
Saturday 17 September – Sunday 13 November, 2016

Forrester Gallery
17 September 2016 to 13 November 2016

"Gorgeous little museum" - Grace & Chris (Museum visitor book)

Rowan Holt: Free Forms

Free Forms draws upon an artistic language based upon architecture and craft traditions.

15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016
Six of Crows

This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
Her current read is 'Six of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo.

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


Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library.

Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!

Joshua Olley: Handle With Care

This series of work is about care, balance and respect.
Not just towards ourselves and our friends, but all people across all aspects of our lives.

Forrester Gallery
22 October 2016 to 11 December 2016

Award-winning performer, David Klein is bringing his science storytelling show to town.

Oamaru Opera House
2 December 2016 - 7:00pm
Last Chance to See

Renowned natural history photographer and film maker, Rod Morris, will give an illustrated talk “Last Chance to See It!” : 40 years working towards a predator-free New Zealand.

Oamaru Library
9 November 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

"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)

Sir Ernest Rutherford visit to Waitaki Boys High School 1925, Waitaki District Archive P0030.36.3

Ernest Rutherford and Frank Milner met during Milner’s first year at Nelson College. It was the start of a friendly association that lasted until Rutherford’s death in 1937.

​In 2019 a new cultural facility will open its doors to the community and visitors to our district. To create the new facility, we plan to redevelop the current Forrester Gallery. 

"Nice to pop in from time to time & see the ever changing displays" - Rachael (Museum 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.

A string of tiny moments of theatre that each tell a story of a steampunk character, fully costumed complete with props, in a world that could have been…

Oamaru Opera House
4 June 2017 - 3:00pm
Wriggle and Rhyme

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

Waterfall, 1964, Image courtesy of theColin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

Colin McCahon is generally considered to be one of New Zealand’s most inventive and influential artists. The gallery collection is an intensely private insight into McCahon.

Forrester Gallery
15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016

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

Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?

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

We have moved some of our most exciting collection items from our permanent gallery space (now closed) to our temporary gallery.

North Otago Museum
3 May 2016 to 31 December 2016