Windows on a Woman's World - Susannah Grant

Susannah Grant was given full access to the congregation's rich archives in order to write this book, from the point of view of an 'outsider'.

Oamaru Library
3 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Riveting Read: How (not) to start an orphanage…by a woman who did

This installment of Riveting Reads come to you from Youth Librarian Fiona Kerr.

Her current read is ‘How (not) to start an orphanage…by a woman who did’ by Tara Winkler.

"Gorgeous little museum" - Grace & Chris (Museum 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. 

"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)

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 autumn wonderlab drop in holiday programme has a Nigel Brown theme to compliment the show NIGEL BROWN I AM/ WE ARE.

Forrester Gallery
24 April 2017 - 11:00am to 27 April 2017 - 3:00pm
Nigel Brown, Indigenous Propaganda, 1991, Oil on canvas

A touring exhibition of artworks spanning the 35 year career of one of New Zealand’s leading figurative painters.

Forrester Gallery
1 April 2017 to 28 May 2017
Image credit (detail): Red Cross quilt. Circa 1917, Collection of the North Otago Museum 2015/94.

In commemoration of ANZAC Day 2017 we are displaying the Museum’s Red Cross Quilt.

Forrester Gallery
8 April 2017 to 14 May 2017

After a stunning 2015 debut seen by 3,500 in Christchurch, Tiki Taane Mahuta returns to tour 13 cities in Aotearoa in 2017.

Oamaru Opera House
14 June 2017 - 7:00pm

"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)

Jane McEntyre, Jersey Caramel 2, 2017.

A mixed-media essay about the artist’s move to North Otago combining her experiences of Oamaru popular culture with an exploration of the local landscape.

Forrester Gallery
20 May 2017 - 1:00pm to 2 July 2017 - 4:30pm
Greg McGee - An Antipodean Goes the Distance

Greg McGee will begin by giving a free public talk at the Oamaru library on An Antipodean Goes the Distance.

Oamaru Library
12 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
 Image credit: Nigel Brown, Nuclear Note No. 2 Have you ever felt a deep despair for the human race... Acrylic on Arches Paper, 1984, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG 1985.3.1

Nigel Brown uses everyday New Zealand objects in his work to explore issues about identity and politics. A big focus for Brown is our relationship with the natural environment.

Forrester Gallery
18 March 2017 to 30 July 2017

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


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.

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

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