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Oxford Museums and Galleries

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The Ashmolean Museum

Oxford is singularly blessed with museums. We have a superb natural history museum (John Ruskin used to make a special trip daily just to admire the building) and world class art and anthropology centres in the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers respectively. We also have challenging cutting edge collections in Modern Art Oxford and independent galleries such as the O3, and an exciting original project at the Story Museum.

Modern Art Oxford - one of the UK's leading contemporary art spaces, in the centre of Oxford

Museums

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2PH Website Tel: 01865 278000
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Wheelchair friendly.

The Ashmolean is owned by the University of Oxford and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1983. It is undoubtedly one of the finest museums in the country. The nucleus of the original collection (the first of its kind in Britain) was the Cabinet of Rarities of John Tradescant, which was inherited by Elias Ashmole and donated to the University on condition that they provided somewhere ...read more

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments Music Faculty St Aldates Oxford OX1 1DB Website Tel: 01865 276139
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 2pm - 5pm (apart from Easter and Christmas); also open Saturdays 10am - 12pm during University term. Wheelchair friendly.

A fabulous place for anyone interested in musical instruments to while away an afternoon. More than 1000 instruments (renaissance through to modern times) are on display.

Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street Oxford OX12PH Website Wheelchair friendly.


Museum of Natural History Lecture Theatre Oxford University Museum of Natural History Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PW Website

Lecture theatre in the Museum. Closed to the public during 2013 while the roof is repaired.

Museum of Oxford: Explore Oxford Galleries Oxford Town Hall St Aldates Oxford OX1 1BX Website Tel: 01865 252334
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sundays. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

FREE museum telling the story of Oxford and its people from foundation in 810 to the present day.

Museum of the History of Science Old Ashmolean Building Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AZ Website Tel: 01865 277280
Opening Hours: 12-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, 2-5pm Sun.

Small but perfectly-formed museum full of instruments and curiosities from 500 years of scientific investigations in Oxford. Hosts regular high-quality temporary exhibitions and special events. Remarkable collection of astrolabes. Einstein's blackboard can be viewed in the basement. They also have an excellent website wherein you can search for more information on over 18000 items ...read more

Museum on the Streets Various locations around the city centre Website

Oxfordexplore.com is a free, multimedia ‘museum on the streets’ accessible all over Oxford on your smartphone. Access archives, find forgotten footage, view vintage photos, hear contemporary interviews and see Oxford art. Check out the new street signs for site-specific QR codes and URLs.

Oxford Bus Museum/Morris Motors Experience Station Yard Long Hanborough Witney Oxfordshire OX29 8LA Website Tel: 01993 883617 (Museum opening hours only) or 01296 337622 (at other times)
Opening Hours: Sun, Wed and Bank Holidays: 10.30am - 4.30pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Also open Saturdays between Easter and October Wheelchair friendly.

Buses and other vehicles of the past - rides, exhibits and information on how vehicles were produced at the Cowley works. Entry: £4 Ad, £2 Child, £9 Fam, £3 Sen

Oxford University Museum of Natural History Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PW Website Tel: 01865 272950
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm daily. Free entry. Wheelchair friendly.

The museum is housed in a purpose-built Victorian Gothic building inspired by Ruskin and recently restored. The principal collections, including skeletons of dinosaurs and skulls of our ancestors, are housed in a courtyard with a glass roof supported by columns of cast iron wrought to resemble the branches of trees, cleaned in 2013. A collection of rocks, selected to represent the ...read more

Pitt Rivers Museum South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PP Website Tel: 01865 270927
Opening Hours: Mon 12-4.30pm, Tue-Sun & BH 10am-4.30pm. Wheelchair friendly.

One of the UK's foremost anthropological collections, bringing together extraordinary items from all over the world. Full of fascinating artefacts, from totem poles to lace-making equipment to rare instruments, weapons and various miracles of craftsmanship. One of our favourites is a series of intricately-carved, unbroken ivory spheres, nestling inside each other like Russian dolls, ...read more

Pitt Rivers New Museum Extension Robinson Close South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PP Website Wheelchair friendly.

Disabled parking only. Head round to the back of the Pitt Rivers, and the extension has its own entrance.

Randolph Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 1), Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2PH Website Wheelchair friendly.


River & Rowing Museum Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF Website Tel: 01491 415600
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm 7 days a week Wheelchair friendly.


The Oxfordshire Museum Woodstock. OX20 1SN Tel: 01993 811456
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun: 2-5pm. Mon: Closed Wheelchair friendly.


The Roald Dahl Museum 81-83 High Street Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL Website Tel: 01494 892192


The Story Museum Rochester House 42 Pembroke Street Oxford OX1 1BP Website Tel: 01865 790050
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary. Shop and Cafe open Tue - Sun 9am - 6pm

Celebrating children's literature, imagination and stories. Now houses the Bodleian's hand printing presses where they are sometimes used at printing workshops.

Vale and Downland Museum Church Street Wantage Website Tel: 01235 771447
Opening Hours: Open 10am - 4.30pm Mon - Sat. Closed Sun and Bank Holidays Wheelchair friendly.


Galleries

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2PH Website Tel: 01865 278000
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Wheelchair friendly.

The Ashmolean is owned by the University of Oxford and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1983. It is undoubtedly one of the finest museums in the country. The nucleus of the original collection (the first of its kind in Britain) was the Cabinet of Rarities of John Tradescant, which was inherited by Elias Ashmole and donated to the University on condition that they provided somewhere ...read more

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments Music Faculty St Aldates Oxford OX1 1DB Website Tel: 01865 276139
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 2pm - 5pm (apart from Easter and Christmas); also open Saturdays 10am - 12pm during University term. Wheelchair friendly.

A fabulous place for anyone interested in musical instruments to while away an afternoon. More than 1000 instruments (renaissance through to modern times) are on display.

Compton Verney Warwickshire CV35 9HZ Website Tel: 01926 645500
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 5pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays). Last entry to the galleries is 30 mins before closing. Wheelchair friendly.

Art gallery housed in a Grade I listed mansion and surrounded by 120 acres of stunning Capability Brown parkland.

High House Gallery Main Street Clanfield Oxon OX18 2SH Website Tel: 01367 810 126
Opening Hours: Thu – Sun, 11am – 5pm

New Oxfordshire gallery dedicated to promoting the best in contemporary art. Situated within a grade II listed Victorian mansion and recently-restored formal gardens located in the Oxfordshire village of Clanfield.

Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street Oxford OX1 1BP Website Tel: 01865 722733
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm. Sun: 12-5pm. Closed Monday Wheelchair friendly.

Oxford's main modern art gallery. Exhibitions, talks and tours, live music, performance and film screenings. Free admission to exhibitions.

O3 Gallery Oxford Castle New Road Oxford OX1 1AY Website Tel: 01865 246131
Opening Hours: Tue - Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. Closed Mondays

Selling exhibitions by regional artists working in the media of contemporary visual and applied arts. Also live events. The O3 Gallery can host private or corporate functions and events. The combination of contemporary design with the heritage of Oxford Castle makes O3 a distinctive venue for entertaining. Available for hire throughout the year, within short walking distance of ...read more