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Address: 60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 4330852
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Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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In 2019 a new cultural facility will open its doors to the community and...

In 2019 a new cultural facility will open its doors to the community and visitors to our district. The Museum is currently preparing for this project and not all exhibition spaces are open to the public.

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Well worth a visit

Housed in the old Athanaeum building, a well laid-out museum. There is a video telling the history of the area, some interesting early archaeological artifacts as well as a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2016
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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148 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oamaru shares a unique place in the formation of New Zealand. Gold, crops, sheep and farming all contributed to make this amazing town what it is. The Museum details the historical transitions and you will learn so much and appreciate the proud heritage of this amazing town.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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132 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We took our grandchildren for a visit. Although interesting aspects and some good displays it was disappointing. For a town the size of Oamaru and for a part of New Zealand with such history there seemed to be little to view. Visitor numbers have increased in Oamaru and the town is really humming at times but I am embarrassed to... More 

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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. The museum is currently being developed so some exhibits are not available to the public at present. The new museum is due to open in 2019. More 

Braintree, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Housed in the old Athanaeum building, a well laid-out museum. There is a video telling the history of the area, some interesting early archaeological artifacts as well as a fossil of a giant moa. There are sections on childhood, domestic life and WW1 military memorabilia. Entry is free.

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Thank Diana089
Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Perth, Australia
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68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

A lovely exterior built of the usual Omaru white stone, reveals well nothing ! I had to walk back outside to check the signage, Yup definately says museum, but where is it? Sure there were a few tired, no comatose displays that would easily have almost covered the average kitchen table, but museum, museum? I am as lost for words... More 

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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 are working on plans for a new museum, gallery and archive which is due to open in 2019. More 

London
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

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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46 reviews
26 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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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
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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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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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49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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 

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