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Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday


The Museum of Oxford is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of Oxford and its people.

A recent redevelopment has tripled the size of the museum space, including a new shop, two new galleries, exciting interactives as well as educational and community spaces.

The Museum of Oxford is in Oxford’s Grade II* listed town hall at the centre of the city. It provides a fantastic starting point to a visit to the city. We suggest that a visit will take two hours and that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and the town hall has level access via the north entrance near Carfax Tower. Once inside the town hall, visitors can enter the Museum through our welcome and gift shop area. There you can collect a plan of the spaces before entering Gallery 1 through a glass archway.

The ground floor features two new galleries which show the changing story of Oxford through its history and people, from Romans and Anglo-Saxons to the first Cowley factory workers, the infamous Cutteslowe Walls and the city’s rich heritage through times of conflict and industry. Through collection items, video, audio and interactive displays, the exhibitions uncover what makes Oxford such a special place to live, work and study.

The new museum galleries and spaces are a hub for the community to learn about and engage with their local history. It includes new spaces for schools learning, larger gallery spaces for more collection items, interactive displays, community exhibitions and opportunities, family activities and reminiscence workshops.

Admission Prices: Free to enter – events may be charged.


Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom


February 2023

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Exotic Animal Trade: Past and Present with Dr Elle Larsson

Museum of Oxford, Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£4 – £5

Take a walk on the wild side! Would you want to take a hyena for a walk? Or have chimpanzees to tea? When did we start seeking out wild animals as pets? And how far have we come from Victorian attitudes to animals? Dr Elle Larsson takes us through the fascinating history of the exotic animal trade. Dr Elle Larsson is a social and cultural historian of science whose research focuses on the history of natural history and the exotic…

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