Steampunk HQ, Oamaru

4.2
#1 of 8 in Museums in Oamaru
Fantastical machines come to life at Steampunk HQ, a complex dedicated to the popular world of Victorian-infused alternative history and artwork. Housed within a real Victorian building, the headquarters feature a wide array of the part-retro, part-futuristic hardware and machinery so iconic of the Steampunk genre. Wander the interior sections, marveling at the collection of clocks, artwork, sculptures, and vehicles that make for a strange combination of sci-fi and historical fiction. You'll have a hard time missing premier creations like imagined Victorian-era rockets, fanciful tractors, and the fire-spewing, drill-tipped, demonic-looking steam locomotive out front. Work out when and for how long to visit Steampunk HQ and other Oamaru attractions using our handy Oamaru day trip site .
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  • ...I can really recommend a visit in the steampunk hq, it's like a holiday from holiday :-), crazy and creative!  more »
  • Three of us went. A 60+ year old mom and her two adult sons. This place was fascinatingly weird and a lot of fun! The Portal Room was my favourite, by far. Unfortunately, one of the main creative mind...  more »
  • My husband and I went in for a look around. The cost is reasonable. It is a very interesting place. I have heard of steampunk before but was not really sure what it meant until our tour. If you are in...  more »
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  • Kids loved this place and I thought it was clever. The inside felt a bit like a haunted house, but with interesting things to see. The Portal was amazing (kids thought it smelled a bit)! Outside was a perfect place for a good play! Kids were out there for an hour and could have happily played longer! Displays out front are so neat!
  • Highly imaginative and creative concept. The stories that went along with a lot of the pieces were inventive and fun. If you like Steampunk in any way, then this is an absolute must see. If like metal sculpture, again, it's a must see. If you just like quirky, unusual entertainment, then it's well worth a visit. Absolutely fascinating!
  • So worth it! This attraction is the pinnacle of Oamaru. Cheap, amazing, and The Portal is the icing on the cake. Go here. You won't be disappointed.
  • Pretty cool place. Our kids really enjoyed playing round on the displays, and the fact you can climb in and on everything was brilliant. Would be cool to see more exhibits. The portal was also excellent. Worth a visit.
  • Definitely worth a visit if passing through. They have obviously put in a lot of effort to get it where it is today but I suspect that it can be developed a lot more yet. Only takes 30 minutes or so to walk through and 'the portal' is definitely worth a visit. Makes an interesting break from the rest of the historic area.

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