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!

Whats on!

The Community Gallery area is hosting Wyn Dryden's paintings, these bright and colourful works are all available to purchase. For a full calendar of events check out the what's on section of this website.

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Locate. Horizon. Line


The local landscape is one of the most important elements for Central Otago locals and visitors.

• How do we as individuals relate to this landscape? How do we look at it?
• What do we see and how do we feel when we see it?
• What symbols, places, colours, emotions, people, or memories come to mind?
• How do we connect with this landscape?
• How does the landscape shape our identity and beliefs about who we are, where we are and what is important?

This powerful art installation by Robyn Bardas from Hawea is part of her final presentation for the Master of Fine Art qualification at Otago Polytechnic. Robin Bardas


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.
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