Forrester Gallery

The Forrester Gallery is located in an iconic neo-classical building built in 1884 and offers national and international exhibitions in all media, which both reflect and challenge community interest.


The Forrester Art Gallery is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building originally constructed in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. The site was acquired by the former Oamaru Borough Council and opened as a gallery in 1983 with the help of a substantial legacy from John M. Forrester (1865 -1965).

The Forrester, which is funded and administered by the Waitaki District Council, offers the Waitaki and wider region a varied and exciting exhibition programme, houses a growing collection of artworks significant to the region, and stands as an icon of Oamaru's unique whitestone historic district.

Physical Address

9 Thames St
New Zealand