Forrester Gallery

​​​​COVID-19 Update: 

Forrester Gallery is closed until further notice.

Although on track for a public opening on 2 May 2020, the gallery will now remain closed. Staff will be working on bringing you some digital programmes: ways to be “together apart” while in isolation, some short films about our collections and art to watch at home, and art and craft ideas for occupying yourself while stuck at home.

Keep an eye on our website and the Forrester Gallery Facebook page for updates.​​

Opening Night, Pacifika Treasures Exhibition, Oamaru Opera House Ink box. Participants together with Mayor Gary Kircher, April 2

Opening Night, Pacifika Treasures Exhibition, Oamaru Opera House Ink box. Participants together with Mayor Gary Kircher, April 2019. Copyright Forrester Gallery


The Forrester Gallery is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building originally constructed in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. 

The Forrester Gallery presents the visual culture of the Waitaki district with ​varied and exciting exhibitions drawn from across its own collections and those of the North Otago Museum and Archive. The gallery also hosts national touring exhibitions, education programmes and activities, and regular events. For more information please visit the ​Culture Waitaki​ website.​

Contact information

​9 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400.

Phone: +64 3 433 0853 | Email: info@forr​estergallery.com​

​Opening hours: 

Monday to Friday: 10.30am-4.30pm. ​

Weekends and public holidays from 1pm-4.30pm.

Admission free | Donations welcomed.​

The gallery is closed on ANZAC morning, Easter Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.​​

Page reviewed: 24 Mar 2020 10:21am