The Oxfordshire Museum is situated in an 18th-century house in the heart of Woodstock, with a purpose-built gallery hosting changing exhibitions. Modern extensions house reception, shop, and café with indoor and outdoor seating, providing views across the large and well-stocked garden.
Following the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions, we have gradually reintroduced the facilities withdrawn during the pandemic, including gallery interactives and children’s trails. All our galleries and the Learning Centre are now fully open.
Woodstock library is located on the ground floor of the museum. The library is open for browsing, borrowing and returning books. Library opening hours are the same as the museum.
Museum garden cafe
The museum café serves sandwiches and light lunches and offers a selection of delicious cakes, scones, and other treats. There is plenty of seating indoors and in the museum’s extensive garden.
Museum gift shop
There is a museum shop overflowing with stocking fillers, activity books, and gifts for children – whether they want to hatch their own dinosaur or discover more about skeletons, there’s plenty to choose from.
There is always something to delight everyone. From the carpet of early spring bulbs around the ancient chestnut tree to the perfume of the early summer roses and lilies or the crunch of the autumn leaves.
Visitors can meet a life-size megalosaur – as big as a bus – in the garden. Visitors can also explore the Jurassic plants, see the 168 million-year-old dinosaur footprints excavated from Ardley Quarry in Oxfordshire, and follow dinosaur activity trails.
Coach House Education Centre
The education centre can cater for meetings, conferences, functions, school workshops, children’s and family holiday events, and adult learning classes. It can be hired for meetings and other functions and seats up to 60 (lecture-style).
The Learning Centre currently has two computers providing open access to the internet. Scanning and printing facilities are also available. Printing charges are available on application at the Museum Reception. The centre also holds reference copies of local and family history material and other current local information.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is located on the same site as the Oxfordshire Museum. Discover stories of Oxfordshire’s county and conflict at home and abroad, experience new and exciting ideas through a changing exhibition and lecture programme.
Tuesday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Last admission 4.45pm.
The museum is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.
Please wear a face-covering when browsing in the shop.
The public areas of the museum are fully accessible to non-motorised wheelchair users. Access to the upper floors is via platform lifts which staff operate on behalf of our visitors as required.
The upper floors of the museum are only accessible to pushchairs if they are carried up the stairs.