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Museum of Oxford

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


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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.


September 2022

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Port Meadow Bailey Bridge with Peter Smith

Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
£4.00 – £5.00

No ordinary bridge… The Bailey Bridge was a highly innovative modular bridge when invented for military use during WW2 to meet a desperate need. Described in the wartime media as a “Wonder Bridge”, and as one of the top 3 engineering and technological developments of WW2 by Eisenhower and made a huge contribution towards ending the war. This highly illustrated talk explores its development, it’s construction and uses both during and after WW2. It explains why Oxford’s bridge is there,…

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