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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 offers interactive tours 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!

 

Come and dress up like Victorian ladies & gentlemen, play traditional games and ride on the only penny farthing carousel in New Zealand!

 

Live displays, video imaging and plenty of interaction will immerse visitors in a living, breathing past. 

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Explore heritage street scenes and marvel at all the treasures and trinkets in the general store, barber and dispensary.

Explore
Explore

Discover a town full to the brim

with heritage, history

...and many stories!

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Discover

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!

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Play

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! 

Learn
Learn

Meet our amazing volunteers

Stella is a great teacher of language! She has come to live in Oamaru with her husband, they relocated from China several years ago. Her hometown is a busy buzzy lively port like Victorian Oamaru. Stella enjoys hosting our international visitors and has a great sense of humour! She especially enjoys spending time with the children which reminded her the fun of being a teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys morning walks and afternoon badmintons, sing and play piano.

 

 

A recent import from the Waikato, Carolyn spent five years house and lifestyle-block sitting around the country before choosing Oamaru as her new home.  

 

Carolyn is fascinated with social history, and enjoys sparking the interest of visitors to Oamaru and Whitestone City about life in Victorian times.

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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

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