Mary Horn, The Promised Land, 2017, Oil on canvas (detail)

New work by Mary Horn and a retrospective of twenty years of painting.

Forrester Gallery
21 October 2017 to 3 December 2017
Private Rosewell. J. Watson

Today, October 12 2017, is the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

Trial of Wolseley's Shearing Machine at Robert Campbell's, Otekaieke. 1887. Waitaki District Archive 3307P

Behind the scenes at the museum I am still working on researching our collections.

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

Exciting times for library | Otago Daily Times Online News Otago Daily Times - The Oamaru Public Library manager, Philip van Zijl

Philip Van Zijl, Waitaki District Libraries' Manager, talks about the Oamaru Public Library and why it had to change.

Mug shot, William Millner, 29 November 1907, image provided courtesy of New Zealand Police Museum.

Find out about the invention of mug shots and the history of their use in New Zealand through our interactive exhibition.

Forrester Gallery
28 October 2017 to 4 March 2018

"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)

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 30 September 2017

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

What Staff are Reading?

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

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Pick up a registration form and return to Oamaru Library by October 16. Limited places available.

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

​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. 

Deano Yipadee

Author of 'Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells', 'Nee Naw the Little Fire Engine' and 'Stink-o-saurus' presents a hilarious show for pre-school age to 10 year olds.

Oamaru Library
1 November 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

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.

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