The wonderlab is our interactive education space designed for learning. The wonderlab features displays with changing themes and fun, hands-on activities offered in a creative setting. Situated downstairs at the Forrester Gallery, we offer spaces to explore, discover and learn. While the Forrester Gallery is closed, we are still running wonderlab activities at other venues. We will re-open the wonderlab in December 2019 with the Exhibition Takaro: Play.

The wonderlab is a perfect family-friendly space to visit for kids of all ages, with its educational displays to explore and fun hands-on activities.

Holiday Programmes
Want something different to do with your kids in the school holidays? For one week of each school holidays we run drop in activities based on the current exhibitions between 11-3pm. Held at different venues. Details are published in the Oamaru Mail, on our website and Facebook page each term. Or you can contact our educator Elizabeth King.

Professional Learning
Artist and Expert talks. These talks are a wonderful way to learn straight from the artist or expert about their specific discipline. Details of upcoming events are published in our quarterly brochure, on our website, Facebook page and in the Oamaru Mail. They are usually free.

Information for Schools or Early Learning Centre visits
Education programmes are available during our opening hours from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays, and we can start earlier if requested. Activities can be adapted to suit any level, or curriculum focus. We are happy to work with you to tailor a learning experience to suit your needs.
Our education programmes offer students first-hand experience with real works of art or museum objects. With a focus on critical thinking the gallery is a perfect opportunity for active discussion and reflection.
Sessions usually take 60-90 minutes and include a tour and activity.
Tours are usually free for Waitaki students.

Permanent Programme
Steampunk In collaboration with Steampunk HQ. We are excited to offer a uniquely Oamaru art experience. Get your lab coat on and buckle yourself in. It is going to be out of this world. There is a charge for this programme.
Te Kaihinaki: Moeraki Boulders What is the story with those giant gobstoppers and how did they get there? Find out the mythological and geological stories about these huge tourist attractions in a hands-on programme including an art workshop.

Heritage Education Service The Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Heritage Education Service (from South Canterbury Museum) are working together to provide educational opportunities for Waitaki Schools. Suitable for years 1-13 these are curriculum based programmes run by experienced facilitators.
Our Town; handle pioneer artifacts, explore the historic precinct, view historical photos of Oamaru.
Stream Life; Investigate the Oamaru Creek, identify and magnify freshwater insects, investigate habitat and conservation.
Life in the Past; Learn about Early Maori and Moa, handle moa bones, view stone tools from the Willetts' collection
Bush Biodiversity; Explore Glen Warren Bush Reserve, hunt for insects, identify native trees.
Amazing Race; complete the Amazing Race Oamaru Style, explore, search and work as a team.
For more information please Phone 0508687386 Email scmed@timdc.govt.nz There is a charge for this programme.

Please contact our educator Elizabeth King or telephone 03 433 0853.

Find out about Library programmes here