Alsion Melotti-Cormack memoir

Come and meet author Alison Melotti-Cormack.

Oamaru Public Library
11 April 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Forensic archaeology

Forensic archaeologist, Dr. Joy Langston, returns to the Oamaru Library to present favourites from her personal collection of bones.

Oamaru Public Library
27 March 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Image: courtesy of Fanua Pereira-Ueleni

Pasifika Treasures : a celebration of Craft and Art of the Pacific

Oamaru Opera House
3 April 2019 to 6 April 2019
Fluming in Glen Street, 1917. Photograph. Waitaki District Archive 349.

The early story of electricity supply in Oamaru is a small commemorative display marking 100 years of the Waitaki electricity scheme.

North Otago Museum
12 November 2018 to 30 June 2019

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester 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.

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

Image credit: Burns Memorial 2018 poster winners, Brodie Holywell, Rory Bailey, Cam Notman, Weston School.

The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment.

31 August 2019 to 6 October 2019
Image – Gina Buckley (photographer) and Rebecca Anderson (Gallery and Museum Technician) photographing Museum objects. February 2019

In 2019 we will be launching our Collections Online.

An Arts on Tour NZ show.

Oamaru Opera House
27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
Forrester Gallery will reopen in July 2019

We have exciting news. A refurbished and upgraded Forrester Gallery will reopen to the public in July 2019.

"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)

Epitaph biography

Epitaph is a series of biographical sketches produced by the North Otago Museum and Archive to commemorate local identities.

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.

Image credit:

Steampunk HQ and the Forrester Gallery combine to present an exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Steampunk in Oamaru.

Steampunk HQ
11 May 2019 to 28 July 2019
Autumn Holiday Programme #pasifikarocks

The wonderlab is offsite at St Paul’s Presbyterian church hall, 7 Coquet street.

Monday 15 - Thursday 18 April, 11-3pm.

To be confirmed
15 April 2019 - 11:00am to 18 April 2019 - 3:00pm
Multicultural Concert 2019

Come and celebrate the colourful and vibrant showcase of multicultural talent. Be entertained by a variety of acts from our community and performances from around the world.

Oamaru Opera House
30 March 2019 - 7:00pm
Still Life with Chickens

Some friendships are just clucking surprising!

Oamaru Opera House
2 April 2019 - 7:30pm to 3 April 2019 - 8:30pm
Mokihi display at the North Otago Museum in 2011

6 February, Waitangi Day. The current exhibition upgrade project at the North Otago Museum is an opportunity for our museum to confirm its commitment to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi.

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

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.

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

Image: Sharon Mitchell, from left to right, Rafiki , Simba , Zazu, 2018, mixed media

Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery.

Forrester Gallery
20 July 2019 to 8 September 2019