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North Otago Museum

60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
+64 3-433 0852
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Not much of interest unless you are interested in North Otago history

The small museum is housed in an historic building. It is more like an archive than museum (said to... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2018
A Y
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Hong Kong, China
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Very friendly staff but nothing there compared to other museums we have visited. Good wheelchair... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2018
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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good42%
  • Average6%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible9%
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“archives” (2 reviews)
“history” (9 reviews)
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60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9444, New Zealand
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+64 3-433 0852
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

The small museum is housed in an historic building. It is more like an archive than museum (said to be used by genealogists and historians who want to research into the history of North Otago). When I went, there were some old printing press machines...More

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Chloe S, Curator at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review the North Otago Museum. We are currently working on improving the museum exhibitions.

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Very friendly staff but nothing there compared to other museums we have visited. Good wheelchair access

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

A great place to pop into when in town, great to catch up with the local history of the area, helpful staff members.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Was recommended to go in here by grand son who loved it. Personally not my cup of tea I prefer farming / machinery museums. I came out of here thinking I'd missed something.

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Chloe S, Curator at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are currently working on redeveloping the museum so there is only a small display at present.

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Really interesting little museum and great source of local history. I was after some family history research and the staff member was happy to go out of her way to help me. Only grumble would be the cost of printing/photocopying....a bit excessive but apparently the...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2016

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...More

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Reviewed 11 May 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...More

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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2016

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.

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Reviewed 14 April 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....More

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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2016

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

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Reviewed 18 February 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...More

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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2016

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.

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Reviewed 28 January 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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Chloe S, Manager at North Otago Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2016

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.

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