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 upstairs at the Forrester Gallery, we offer spaces to explore, discover and learn. Or you can just hang out on the bean bags and admire the Corinthian columns.

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 in the wonderlab based on the current exhibitions between 11-3pm. 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, Academics and Expert talks These talks are a wonderful way to learn straight from the artist or academic about their specific discipline or area of expertise. 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
Educational 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 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

Current programme
Te Moa: Waitaki Come and meet the wonderlab moa in residence -Rosie the Giant South Island Moa. Learn about Te Moa in this interactive exhibition that answers some FAQ's about this large flightless bird who lived in the Waitaki only 500 years ago.

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.
Local Heritage Programme Let’s put our early settler hats on and explore the Oamaru Heritage precinct.

Please book with our educator Elizabeth King or telephone 03 433 0853.

Find out about Library programmes here