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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
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Where there are riches there are people and where there are people, stories...

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 museum is small but the video is worth watching form beginning to end. Oamaru has a fascinating history that I relished finding out about.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
nina m
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London
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been so impressed with the depth, detail and interactivity of so many museums in New Zealand that Otago's seems limited - little audiovisual and no interactivity. Our children were bored.

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of our museum. We are currently working on exciting plans to develop the museum which will allow us share more about the district's history in a more interactive way. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We were disappointed inside after the beautiful architecture on outside. Person on duty was very informative and friendly but there were very few exhibits. We enjoyed the movie showing history of the town although I had already viewed most of it in the Historic District. There was an excellent display of greenstone artefacts in drawers but with such a rich... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of our museum. We are currently working on exciting plans to develop the museum which will allow us share more about the districts history. More 

auckland
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The museum is small but the video is worth watching form beginning to end. Oamaru has a fascinating history that I relished finding out about.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum, we appreciate it. More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Combines historical education with some fun and while smaller than some big city museums there is plenty to see and interesting ways to learn. The exhibits are great. One to note for anyone who will be in North Otago.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We really appreciate getting feedback from our visitors. More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 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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Thank Toughtitties
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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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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 

New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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 

Bournemouth
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201 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 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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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 

Timaru, New Zealand
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57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 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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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

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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500 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 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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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

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

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