“This is the closest I’ve ever felt to space travel!” an excited visitor commented upon experiencing Steampunk HQ’s latest project.
Steampunk HQ introduces The Portal; a retro-futuristic mirror and lighting installation that features original glowing light sculptures with a theme of skulls and mythology. It contrasts yet fully complements the eclectic collection of recycled industrial art and sculptures that exists already within the Steampunk HQ museum.
Steampunk HQ NZ’s premier Steampunk experience is a museum in the historic Victorian precinct of stunning Oamaru, open 10am – 5pm, 7 days per week.
Outside of the imposing free-standing Oamaru stone building, iconic “steampunk” Engine SP001 greets visitors whilst inside, the foyer gallery showcases the work of local artists and retails HQ brand merchandise.
The museum of two large darkened rooms and a basement presents a theme of a dark post-apocalyptic vision of a future “as it might have been”. Contraptions and bizarre machinery featuring heavy use of copper, gears, pipes, gas cylinders, as well as an ensemble of skeletal sculptures are lit by flickering lights and accompanied by film, projection and sounds.
A back door leads to a large yard with projects and machines in various stages of being “steampunked” including a train carriage, “aethertractor” and giant motorbike.
Lonely Planet has rated Steampunk HQ one of New Zealand’s best new tourist attractions and it is ranked highly on Trip Advisor.