21 Centennial Avenue Alexandra

Showcase of Central Otago history

Gift shop, localy made products

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A warm welcome to Central Stories

We are Central Otago's regional Museum, Art Gallery, Research facility and Gift Shop conveniently located at Pioneer Park, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra. Enjoy exploring our website to learn more what we are all about!

Whats on!

Spotlight on Design is currently featuring local printmaker and illustrator Marion Vialade. Marions creativity and passion shines through her unique pieces. On display are limited edition framed prints and more unframed prints. Come in and see this local artist amazing work now! For a full calendar of events check out the what's on section of this website.

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Woolaway & Cover Up

Woolaway & Cover Up

21 March - 4 May 2014

Wool Away is a showcase of the sheep & wool industry of Central Otago, past and present. We delve into the history of several local sheep stations that helped establish the area. We also highlight a number of local businesses, further emphasising how important the industry is to the current Central Otago economy and what a massive variety of companies rely on sheep and stations in Central.

Cover Up is an excellent show made up of pieces that use the specialist wool available from Touch Yarns in Clyde. Marnie Kelly’s wool is made locally from local wool and is being exported around the world. Touch Yarns helps to highlight the different ways in which Central Otago has built upon the sheep industry and is being recognised worldwide as a result, making it an excellent accompaniment to Wool Away.

We will also have some pieces from the Eden Hore Collection on display as well as some garments from the Central Stories Wool On collection.

Public programs include a lecture series and a ‘Wooly Wandering’ tour. Click here for more details. All funds raised from these programs will be dedicated to upgrading the Russell Henderson Gallery & William Bodkin Museum.

thanks to our Sponsors for this exhibition

Thank you to our sponsors for this exhibition


29th June – 27th July 2014



Photo Competition.
Proudly sponsored by Central Digital Imaging. Guest Judge: Janyne Fletcher Entries close 11th June. Download entry form here!