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Museum of Oxford

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
01865 252334


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. A new café will be opening in the Town Hall in 2021.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday

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


December 2021

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What a Liberty! with Mark Davies

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

For many centuries, Oxford’s mayors have undertaken a regular circuit of the boundaries of the city, mainly defined by its rivers: the Thames, its sidestreams and the Cherwell. The event was also punctuated by stops at public houses – hence being described by one Victorian participant as ‘irresponsible jollity’ and by another as ‘an irregular steeple-chase around the entire environs of Oxford’. Local historian Mark Davies, author of What a Liberty! Memorable Moments along Oxford’s Ancient Ridden Boundaries, will highlight…

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