Artwork by Sally Lory - Waitaki Girls High School

Annual School Art Exhibition. Every year since 1984 the Forrester Gallery has hosted this annual exhibition of artworks created by children of the Waitaki District.

Forrester Gallery
10 September 2016 to 9 October 2016
BENEATH AN ANCIENT SEA: Oamaru and the Glass Archive

A photographic exhibition about DIATOMS by Wayne Barrar

Forrester Gallery
9 July 2016 to 4 September 2016

"Gorgeous little museum" - Grace & Chris (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.


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!

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

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

Morris Oxford

Book launch of A Mother's Memoir by Margaret Munro.

Come along to the Oamaru Library to celebrate Margaret Munro's transcription of her mother's travelogue of 1929.

Oamaru Library
31 August 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cultural Facility Development Elevation

An exhibition about the progress of the Cultural Facilities Development Project. Have your say!

Image credit: Cultural Facility Development Elevation

Forrester Gallery
30 July 2016 to 11 September 2016

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

Living in Ngapara - Joanna Tokona

Flanked by giant Macrocarpa trees, we live the rural life on an acre section isolated and free. With a ram, a sheep and four chickens, we try to live out of Tāne’s gardens.

Forrester Gallery
16 July 2016 to 4 September 2016

"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)

​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. 

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

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

Photograph from project launch

The North Otago Museum is currently working on an exciting research project. The project involves the University of Otago, Te Runanga O Moeraki and the Waitaha Taiwhenua o Waitaki Trust Board.

North Otago Museum

A massive choir event for World Vision, this year Kids for Kids is bringing back the ‘Slice of Heaven’ show with a few new additions.

Oamaru Opera House
31 August 2016 - 7:30pm to 1 September 2016 - 9:30pm

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

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