One of the intriguing displays at the museum.
On your next trip to the Catlins stop over at Owaka and drop
in at the distinctive state-of-the-art community resource the
Owaka Museum (Wahi Kahuika: the Meeting Place).
Here under the one roof is the community art gallery,
genealogical research, mini-films featuring shipwrecks, the
Catlins Information Centre and the museum shop.
Winner of the TrustPower Supreme Award in 2008 for the Clutha
District, the museum opened in October 2007 and is situated
in the centre of Owaka. Developed by the Catlins
Historical Society in conjunction with the Clutha District
Council, an existing building was redesigned and has proved a
popular drawcard for visitors.
The distinctive all-weather venue presents the stories and
treasures of the unique Catlins in a series of multimedia
Each gives the visitor a deeper understanding of the
character of the Catlins and those who have lived there. They
culminate in the main Catlins Gallery with the figurehead of
the shipwrecked HMS Otago positioned to appear also as the
figurehead of the museum.
Comments compiled from the visitor book indicate the response
so far: "Wish we had more time to spend at the Owaka Museum!
Lovely sounds, beautiful timber, beautiful desk, fabulous
toilets. We enjoyed reading the local history and learning
what people went through to emigrate. The displays were just
like stepping back in time and there is something for
everyone. Well done the people who made this happen. It's an
asset to the community and a great record of the
Catlins. Such an impressive museum for a small town."