Museum and Archives

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North Otago Museum

​The North Otago Museum tells the stories of the natural and cultural history of the Waitaki District. The Museum operates from the historic Athenaeum building, designed by Thomas Forrester. The building opened to the public in 1882.  For more information ple​ase visit North Otago Mu​​seum website.​

Interior of North Otago Museum.

Contact information

60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400. Access is currently via our Steward Street entrance.​

Phone: +64 3 433 0852 | Email: museum@waitaki.govt.nz

​Museum hours:

Monday to Friday 1pm-4.30pm. Entry is free.

Closed on weekends and public holidays. 

​The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

​Archives

Waitaki District Archive is housed in the beautiful 1882 Athenaeum building in Thames Street, Oamaru. The Archive shares the Athenaeum building with the North Otago Museum. In 1987 a specifically designed Archive was built in order to protect the valuable documentary material from Waitaki District. 

For more information please visit Waitaki District Archive website.​​Image of archived files.

Contact information

60 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400. Access is currently via our Steward Street entrance.​

Phone: +64 3 433 0852 | Email: archives@waitaki.govt.nz​ 

​​Archive​ hours:

  • Reference and Self Help Services: Monday to Friday 1pm-4.30pm.

  • Assistance and Archive access: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 4.30pm

  • Closed on weekends and public holidays. Entry is free.

Self help reference service

On Wednesday and Friday afternoons, we are currently trialing a self-help reference system at the Archive. This will enable us to allocate more time to other projects such as developing an online collection access service and working on our Cultural Facility Development Project.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the Archive Assistance Desk will be open for enquiries and assistance from 1.00 – 4.30pm. 

You can also contact the Archive about an enquiry by email on archive@waitaki.govt.nz

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