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A full-scale replica of the time machine in the 1963 movie The Time Machine, based on the book by H.G. Wells, will be on display in Oamaru until late December.
The replica, which is one of only six replicas of the machine in the world, is part of the Steampunk-Tomorrow As It Used To Be exhibition at the Customs House gallery in Tyne St.
Exhibition co-organiser Iain Clark said "hundreds" of people had flocked to the exhibition since it opened last month.
"A lot of people have been through the exhibition and hopefully we have helped inspire a lot of people."
Mr Clark said although the exhibition would run until March, the time machine was only on loan from a museum in the United Kingdom for six weeks.
"It will leave in late December, but it will be replaced with other equally enthralling pieces."
The exhibition also included more than 150 works created by pupils from Fenwick School and Oamaru Intermediate School, alongside established Steampunk artists, he said.
"There are still pieces coming in all the time. We still have artists asking if we think we can make room for more."