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Address: 60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 4330852
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Small but worth a visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Bournemouth
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169 reviews 169 reviews
38 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Timaru, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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497 reviews 497 reviews
256 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 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 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Chloe S, Front Office Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

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

Tenterfield, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 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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Chloe S, Curator at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

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

AUSTRALIA
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99 reviews 99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate hearing from our visitors. More 

Oamaru
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

Oamaru, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Went to the Museum to find out information on my family tree, they were very helpful and nothing was a problem, very refreshing these days Keep up the great job.

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you found your visit rewarding. More 

Wellsford, New Zealand
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I spent several days in the archives researching family history via newspapers. The staff were extremely helpful and accommodating in allowing me to easily access the information I wanted. Nothing was a bother.

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

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to our archives. More 

Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A wide variety of historic exhibits in the lovely limestone building and friendly staff, who don't mind answering questions and pointing visitors in the right direction

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

Thank you for your feedback. It is always good to know visitors appreciate the work of our staff and volunteers. More 

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