Set in an original grain store that was built in 1882, and located within New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings, Whitestone City is a central heritage hub that invites you to explore Oamaru's Victorian past.
It's not a typical museum - at Whitestone City you can touch and try everything - it brings history to life.
Play traditional games and ride on the only penny farthing carousel in New Zealand!
Explore heritage street scenes and marvel at all the treasures and trinkets in the general store, barber and dispensary.
Discover a town full to the brim
with heritage, history
...and many stories!
Kids and adults alike will have a ball playing the games found throughout Whitestone City.
Try your hand at skittles, croquet and cards or have a whirl on the penny farthing carousel!
Hear, see and read about Oamaru's past - the good, the bad and the...let's say interesting. From early settlement, agricultural pioneers, and Victorian fashion to bars, brothels and more!
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They loved it!
“We had a fabulous time visiting the Whitestone City museum. It was an absolute pleasure to spend a couple of hours here reliving times of long ago and learning the history of Oamaru through the masterful storytelling of the ladies who run the museum.”
— Sharon, Australia