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Museum of Oxford

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Museum of Oxford

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, OX1 1BX

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About the Museum of Oxford

In a city of world-class museums, the Museum of Oxford is the only museum to tell the history of Oxford and its people. Come and Explore Oxford in our aptly named galleries and find out about Oxford's past and present in two dramatically different spaces:

Explore the past - Walk into City Engineer, William White's office and step back into 1897 when the current Town Hall was first opened. Rummage through William White's desk drawers to find out what the City Engineer at Oxford Council was working on, check out his drawing table and get an insight into how much Oxford has changed since it was founded around 810 AD.

Explore the present - Continue into the modern Oxford Gallery and take a virtual high-speed bike ride. The four bike rides take you north, south, east and west from the Town Hall taking in the city's highlights as well as to places you don't normally get to see, including BMW's MINI plant.

The Museum of Oxford is so much more than our Explore Oxford galleries! With a temporary exhibition space showcasing top class exhibitions to an exciting education program for schools. We hold regular family activity days and have an exciting and progressive volunteer programme. Our outreach services also engage local communities in their history, with reminiscence sessions and projects that delve into our city's past.

Museum Redevelopment

The Museum is now closed and being refurbished.

The Gallery in the Town Hall is now hosting a Micro-Museum. A temporary museum space displaying some of our best objects alongside a changing community led exhibition. The Micro-Museum is FREE to visit and open from 10 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday.

Getting there

The Town Hall is a short walk from Gloucester Green coach station and the Oxford Visitor Information Centre, and 10 minutes' walk from the train station. Many local buses stop on St Aldate's. As the Town Hall and Museum are based in the centre of Oxford, there are plenty of bike stands to lock your bike.

Opening hours

The Micro-Museum in the Gallery is open on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Gift Shop is open on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Both are closed on Bank Holidays.


Admission to the museum is Free

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