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Address: 60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 4330852
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Description: Where there are riches there are people and where there are people...
Where there are riches there are people and where there are people, stories flow. The Museum is situated in the historic 1882 Athenæum building and has a collection that reflects the natural and social history of the Waitaki District. The Willetts’ Collection of Waitaha taoka, along with early examples of Māori rock art and the areas unique geology form the heart of the Museum’s displays.
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The whole family loved it.

Totally loved Oamaru and this museum was fab. Small but really interesting. The kids were absorbed and we would have loved to spend more time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Totally loved Oamaru and this museum was fab. Small but really interesting. The kids were absorbed and we would have loved to spend more time.

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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thank for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

probably one of the smallest regional museums we've been to, but some stunning exhibits. Have never seen so many adze and green stone in one place. A local family (Willets?) plough their fields and up come hundreds of of items. Seems it might have been a place where waka (canoe) were built. Also moa bone. The place is so small... More 

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Thank for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I stumbled across the most beautiful collection of Axe heads found locally it is a remarkable collection found by a farmer. Unfortunately they are hidden away in draws but I'm sure given funding they would go on show

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Bournemouth
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169 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Looked as though there was more coming out on display but what there was out was interesting if not fascinating. Be interested to see how the museum is developed if indeed that is the plan.

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Thank for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A nice attraction that can be savored for about an hour while visiting Oamaru with it's beautiful Victorian buildings which have been upgraded for safety in case of quakes. Pleasant staff attending to the NOM and interesting information. To take someone else who had not been already I would go back.

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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. I am glad you enjoyed you visit. More 

Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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499 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a nice, free little museum. It is rather small compared to many other museums found throughout NZ, so you probably only need to allow yourself about an hour to check it out. That being said, it is a great activity for a rainy day. The museum features a large collection of Maori artifacts, and provides some very interesting... More 

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Thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate reading what our visitors think of the museum. More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I am interested in history but not being an "Omaruvian" not quite so much in this town and the Waitaki region but still found it quite good @ well resourced, helpful people and of some interest as the history of Oamaru and environs reflects a lot of Aotearoa - NZ provincial development and path to the present. I'd ask first... More 

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Thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate reading what our visitors think of their experience. More 

Tenterfield, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The staff here were very helpful in finding information about our Ancestors in Oamaru. The museum is jam packed with information artifacts and displays. It's small but you can spend alot of time there if you're really interested in the history.

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Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on the Museum and Archive. More 

AUSTRALIA
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98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Wandered through for a look this afternoon, though not large, it has a small and interesting selection of local history and fills in a hour, a donation is requested to help keep it free and the staff were friendly and willing to assist with any inquiries.

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Oamaru
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60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

For a town rich in history this is a dismal attempt to portray the region's past. Their best collections - Temuka Pottery and moa bones are secreted out the back. So sad.

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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Visitors are welcome to approach staff and ask to be shown the Temuka pottery collection. Other collection items, like the moa bones can also be viewed on request. There are plans to redevelop the museum to better reflect the rich history of the Waitaki District. These plans are currently on hold until the building can... More 

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Additional Information about North Otago Museum

Address: 60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 4330852
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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