Ryan Moore : Grip tape and a can of paint

Portraits created by local artist Ryan Moore, on display in the Community Gallery. A self-taught artist, Moore has developed and refined his craft over 20 years painting on skateboards.

Forrester Gallery
2 June 2018 to 29 July 2018
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.


An exhibition featuring recent acquisitions to the cultural collections of the Gallery, Museum and Archive.

Forrester Gallery
28 July 2018 to 16 September 2018
What Staff are Reading

Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!

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

Bombs Away | Michele Beaufoy

Local artist Michele Beaufoy explores the notion of harmony through balancing polarities (opposites). In this exhibition she looks at war/man versus nature.

Forrester Gallery
28 July 2018 to 9 September 2018
Tea cosy display at the Oamaru Opera House

A selection of tea cosies from the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

Winter Holiday Fun

Drop in and create in the wonderlab Monday 16 - Thursday 19 July, 11-3pm.
All materials provided- just bring your imagination. Leave your creations on display or take them home.

Forrester Gallery
16 July 2018 - 11:00am to 19 July 2018 - 3:00pm

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

Quilters Lane

An exhibition of work from the North Otago Patchers and Quilters Challenge 2017.

Image credit: North Otago Patchers and Quilters

Forrester Gallery
30 June 2018 to 5 August 2018
Perry Family donation, Waitaki District Archive 2017-206

The Perry family have had a long and remarkable association with North Otago.

"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)


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.

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 October 2018
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.

Our Built Heritage

A multi-faceted exhibition about place and the heritage buildings of Oamaru. View artworks and architectural drawings from our collection.

Forrester Gallery
17 March 2018 to 30 November 2018

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

Detail of NOM 2017/138 made for Maritza Boutique

May 18 is International Museum Day.

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

From Musical Theatre Oamaru...

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Oamaru Opera House
13 July 2018 - 7:30pm to 21 July 2018 - 10:30pm
Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

The wonderlab presents Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

Forrester Gallery
17 March 2018 to 9 September 2018