Kakanui, Michael Armstrong, 2007. Collection of the Forrester Gallery.

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962 to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them

Forrester Gallery
25 February 2017 to 26 March 2017

Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet.

Oamaru Opera House
20 March 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:45pm

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

"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.

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

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

William Williams, Figurehead of the ship Northumberland, c1880s.

Contemporary poetry by Kerry Hines illuminates nineteenth century photographs by William Williams.

Forrester Gallery
19 February 2017 to 26 March 2017
Oamaru Public Library Temporary Closure

The Oamaru Public Library will temporarily close in March (1st March - 26th March, 2017), opening on Monday, the 27th March.

Oamaru Public Library
1 March 2017 - 8:00am to 27 March 2017 - 6:00pm

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 June 2017

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band.

Oamaru Opera House
22 March 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Thousand leaf - Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

A series of work celebrating the abundance of ‘misplaced’ flora and fauna growing in narrow margins of public land.

Forrester Gallery
4 February 2017 to 26 March 2017

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (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.


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!

The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra will present “Origins” at the Oamaru Opera House – a full programme of well-known works from the orchestral and wind band repertoire. “Origins”

Oamaru Opera House
13 May 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Riveting Reads: The Naturals

This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

Her current read is ‘The Naturals’ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

​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. 

Top Ten: Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction Novels

Books are not ranked in any particular order and can all be found in the Fiction section under the first three letters of the author’s surname.

"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)