21 Centennial Avenue Alexandra

Showcase of Central Otago history

Gift shop, localy made products

live skink, our little 'Treasure'

Historic photo archive

A warm welcome to Central Stories

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


Open every day 10am – 4pm Free entry

The biggest painting exhibition (by scale, value, calibre of artist and significance) ever to be shown in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago region.

This is the first major touring exhibition of Macleod’s work in New Zealand.

With its striking imagery, raw, impasto surfaces and immense vitality, ‘Euan Macleod - Painter’ will excite, inspire, intrigue and challenge viewers of all ages and backgrounds.

EUAN MACLEOD EVENTS / Spaces are limited so reservations are strongly advised. Phone 03 448 6230 or email enquiries@centralstories.com.

17th June


5:30pm Friday 17th June.
Euan Macleod and Gregory O’Brien will be attending.

18th June


10:30am Saturday 18th June.
Euan and Gregory will be presenting a floor talk and discussion in the exhibition space—approx. 90mins.

18th June


2.00pm Saturday 18th June.
Landscape, poetry & painting. Gregory O’Brien, Michael Harlow, Jillian Sullivan and Brian Turner will each be reading their writing followed by a panel discussion - approx. 90mins.

EST Curated by Gregory O’Brien. Toured by Exhibition Services Tours


Food For Thought - Recipe Book

Food For Thought - Recipe Book

We have just published (as a fundraiser) Food For Thought - a recipe book using time honoured and sometimes quirky, recipes from local people.

Recipes are true gifts that keep on giving. They are someone’s pride and joy, someone’s secret, someone’s trademark, someone’s work of art or they reflect the person who created the recipe. Whichever way they are treasures.

Our food and therefore our recipes often reflect our background, our values, our culture and our identity. Sharing food and recipes is a time honoured tradition underpinned by generosity that is reflected in Food For Thought, where contributors have generously provided their gems for our pleasure. Phone 03 442 6896 or email enquiries@centralstories.com and reserve your copy (or copies) now.