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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Oamaru
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Steampunk hq, which opened in november 2011, is an art collaboration proudly based in oamaru, new zealand. It sets out to portray an industrial... more » Owner description: Steampunk hq, which opened in november 2011, is an art collaboration proudly based in oamaru, new zealand. It sets out to portray an industrial version of steampunk, with a giant sense of humour and larger than life visions of an off the wall steampunk universe. Steampunk HQ is well known for its full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke The lonely planet guide rates steampunk hq as one of nz’s best new tourist attractions. « less
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Noosa, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you like bizarre and chopped twisted junk it is so steam punk. Absolutely a great gallery space and original work inside. It won't appeal to every ones taste but what a setting an old style Victorian style building. You should make a day of steampunking get in costume and marvel at the style. The guys and girls of Oamaru... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Really nice, I've never been to a gallery like that before. I bought a patch too! Don't forget to go downstairs, the video projected on the wall is sweet and outside you can even enter the train wagon, it's like going back in time.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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116 reviews 116 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a really fun place to explore, it is full of old industrial history which has been turned in to art, often a little scarily. You need a camera as you will be taking loads of photographs for sure. Outside you can climb onto teh trains and tractors, great fun. All in all a very weird but fabulous collection... More

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Steampunk HQ is amazing for adults and kids. You are encouraged to touch the art, climb machines and push buttons which makes it even more involving. Kids and adults loved it!! It makes you look at machines and art differently.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The amount of stuff this guy has in this place is amazing. Every corner of this place will amaze you. There are loads of photo opportunities. Take your time, push buttons, climb on things and let your imagination take over.

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Looking from the outside, with all the crazy art and the train with puffs of smoke and fire. The guys outside were a buzz. They were right into their art. wandering through the museum with the time machine. Heaps of little eye grabbing moments. I imagine it would be a great place to be if you were stoned, with the... More

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Livermore, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were sad when we did not have enough time to go thru Steampunk HQ, the two staff that we spoke with outside were a hoot. wish we could of went thru the museum, next time in NZ we will explore this wild place!

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

So I liked it very much. Very imaginative art and pieces from another time... but which time, past, present or otherwise is hard to tell and ultimately inconsequential. Flights (and other means of conveyance) abound. They were busy working on the infinity room which should be done soon, a welcome and cohesive addition to the overall feel of the place.... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A Kiwi friend recommended this "museum" so we popped in... And yes, it's pretty unique! Entry was $10 per adult, $2 for kids or $20 for families...probably a little dear for the size/content as we were 3 adults, but would say it was a short visit into weirdness. Housed in an old building, it's a mix of junkyard meets psychotic... More

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Had heard about this place, but it did not prepare us for what lay behind the walls - very cool atmosphere / stunning designs abound! Well done Oamaru!

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