To view all cultural facilities' Christmas hours, please visit the Waitaki District Council's

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
Wriggle and Rhyme

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

2015/330.237 Contract for the design and erection of Craig's Fountain, Oamaru Gardens

The magnificent Craig's fountain occupies a focal point near the main entrance to the Oamaru Public Gardens.

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.

WORLD GIRL IN PARIS, 2017, acrylic on gesso on board

This exhibition features selected new works by Kakanui basedartist Peter Cleverley. Cleverley is a nationally respected and represented artist.

Forrester Gallery
9 December 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)

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

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 28 February 2018

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

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

What Staff Are Reading

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

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

Te Moa: Waitaki

Moa were large flightless birds that lived in New Zealand until the 1500s. In this interactive exhibition we will answer some FAQs and discover more about the moa story in the Waitaki.

Forrester Gallery
14 October 2017 to 4 March 2018
Bookchat

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.