Abingdon County Hall Museum
One of Abingdon’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, the County Hall was built between 1678 and 1684.
Abingdon Museum in the beautiful Sessions Hall of the county hall of old Berkshire is open every day except for certain public holidays.
Address: Old County Hall, Market Place, Abingdon OX14 3HG
Visit the Abingdon County Hall Museum website to plan your visit.
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum.
The Museum runs a programme of event, exhibitions, lectures, talks and workshops. The Ashmolean is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm plus Bank Holidays.
Address: Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH
Visit the Ashmolean Museum website to plan your visit.
Aston Martin Museum
The Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum at Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the significant historic heritage of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. through our collections and educational programmes. The medieval barn in which the Museum is housed provides the perfect backdrop to display our extensive collections. The Barn Built in the fifteenth century by the monks of Dorchester Abbey, the great tithe barn at Drayton St. Leonard now houses the Trust Museum and Archives and is HQ for both the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
Address: Drayton St. Leonard, Wallingford, OX10 7BG
Visit the Aston Martin website to plan your visit.
Banbury Museum is located next to the canal in the centre of Banbury.
The Museum exhibits modern displays depicting Banbury’s history – these include the Civil War, the Victorian Town market and the Oxford Canal and Tooley’s Boatyard. The Museum has a programme of visiting Exhibitions and Events.
Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2PG
Visit the Banbury Museum website to plan your visit.
Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
The Bate Collection is one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world.
The collection includes over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times. Over a 1000 instruments are on display. Free Admission.
Address: Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DB
Go to the Bate Collection website to plan your visit.
Bloxham Village Museum
The Museum celebrates its 36th birthday in 2017 with a great Exhibition “Are you being served?”
Our show cases were originally in the Ashmolean Museum and are very easy to see either on foot or from a wheel chair and there is an adjacent car park from which there is a tarmac surface to the Museum.
There is a large sign hanging outside above the main A362 next to the Church and the entry is on the Southern side visible on this photograph. The 1749 fire engine is outside on our open days so long as we are certain it will not rain.
Address: Church Street, Bloxham, Banbury, OX15 4ET
Go to the Bloxham Village website to plan you visit.
The Bodleian Libraries
The Bodleian Libraries are working libraries that form part of the University of Oxford.
It is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which form the historic heart of the University, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge. The Bodleian Library run a programme of Events and Exhibitions throughout the year. Guided Tours are available.
Address: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Go to the Bodleian Libraries website to plan your visit.
Local history museum with displays which illustrate the traditional crafts and industries of Charlbury. Large archive of maps and photographic material relating to specific events of the town’s history and day-to-day life. Of particular note is a period model of a local school dating from 1815 and used at the time to collect the children’s fee of a penny a week.
Address: Market Street, Charlbury, OX7 3PN
Go to the Charlbury Village website to plan your visit.
Chipping Norton Museum of Local History
The Museum is located in the Chipping Norton Co-operative Society Hall dating from the 1880s. The exhibits are mainly hands-on and illustrate the town’s development from Saxon Manor to a prosperous wool town plus the town in World War II. The main sources of local employment, Bliss Tweed Mills, Hitchmans Brewery, Hub Iron Foundry and farming are featured. Representing the recreational side of the town and district is a fairly unique display of the major summer sport played locally, not cricket, but American Baseball, played from 1908 to the 1970s, for many years at national level. Also featured is the children’s favourite, Granny’s Kitchen, a hands-on replica of a between wars kitchen. Also a collection of over 2000 postcards depicting the social history of the area plus a Local Study Centre complete with microfiche facilities dedicated to utilising the copious local family history records held by the Museum.
Address: Westgate, 4 High Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5AD
Go to the Chipping Norton Museum website to plan your visit.
Christ Church Picture Gallery
Christ Church is unique among the Oxford colleges in that is house an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings.
They are housed in a purpose built gallery of great architectural significance itself. In 1765 General John Guise bequeathed his collection of over 200 paintings and 2000 drawings to his former college. Subsequent gifts from the Hon. William Fox-Strangways in 1828 and 1834 of 37 paintings reinforced the collection.
Address: St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP
Visit the Christ Church Picture Gallery website
Cogges Manor Farm Museum
Cogges has something for everyone.
In the evocative farm setting, animals bring the site to life with noise and activity that will charm visitors of all ages. Come and see our gorgeous Gloucester Old Spot piglets, the pygmy goats, Indian runner ducks, sheep (including a new born lamb!) and our rescue chickens as well as the rabbits and cuddly guinea pigs.
At weekends and bank holidays, the ground floor of the manor house is open, with traditional cooking on the huge kitchen range. A stroll into the walled garden reveals vegetable beds to be coveted, providing fresh seasonal produce.
Enjoy lunch, coffee, tea and delicious cup cakes in the Simple Bakery coffee shop 8.30 to 5.30
Find outstanding local produce and crafts plus exciting toys in the newly refurbished shop
Most importantly, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the time you spend at Cogges.
Address: Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA
Go to the Cogges Manor Farm website to plan your visit.
Discovery Zone at Science Oxford
Discovery Zone is a new science gallery located at Science Oxford and is packed with loads of exciting interactive experiments.
The discovery zone is an activity area for kids to experience science first-hand with equipment that allows you to fire a vortex or air, send secret whisper messages across the room, colour your shadow and much more. All our activities are hands-on and we encourage you to explore science by playing. The discovery zone is suitable for children aged between 5-12 years old, but the whole family is always welcome!
Address: Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY
Go to the Discovery Zone at Science Oxford website to plan your visit.
Champs Chapel, built in 1453 for Carthusian monks, contains a selection of East Hendred Heritage Trust’s collection of village artifacts, pictures, documents, books and photographs most of which can be viewed on computer if not on display. Separately housed is the 19th century village fire engine.
Address: Chapel Square, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8JT
Go to the Hendred Museum website to plan your visit.
Modern Art Oxford
Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is a visual art gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our exhibitions and accompanying community and education programme.
Address: 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BP
Go to the Modern Art Oxford website to plan you visit.
Museum of Oxford
An essential starting point to discover the fascinating history of the City and University.
Explore the wonders of Oxford’s long history at the Museum of Oxford. Before the first student took his first lesson at the University, saints walked here, kings were crowned here and parliaments debated here. Discover the city’s earliest residents, medieval crafts, Civil War stories, Oxford’s famous literary connections and the growth of the modern city.
Address: Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DZ
Go to the Museum of Oxford website to plan your visit.
Museum of the History of Science
The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building.
The museum is both a department of the University of Oxford and an active public museum. It offers a programme of family-friendly events, gallery tours, table talks and much more, along with teaching sessions for schools throughtout the year.
Address: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ
Go to the Museum of the History of Science website to plan your visit.
Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Motors Museum
100 years ago this year, William Morris started the first bus service in the City using Daimler buses; Oxford Bus Museum has on show approximately 40 vehicles, some of which you can go aboard and on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month (Apr to Sept), and on special event days, take a Free Bus Ride (see website). Also, on site is the one and only Morris Motors Band Coach which the Oxford Bus Museum Trust has restored. Ongoing restoration projects can be viewed in the Workshop.
Also, celebrating the Centenary for manufacture of Morris Motors in Oxford, Morris Motors Museum is dedicated to William Morris (Lord Nuffield), the Morris Motors Car Company at Cowley and its employees. The only building to survive from the once famous Morris Motors factory at Cowley has been given a new lease of life and re-erected at the Oxford Bus Museum site to house this exhibition. Real-life photographs and information from the people who worked there and the exhibits that complement them give visitors a taste of what life was like in this exciting era. Some of the vehicles on show are the Bullnose Morris, Morris Z Van, Mini, Nuffield Tractor and the Morris Minor, with the centre piece being a 1953 Morris Oxford MO.
OXFORD BUS & MORRIS MOTORS MUSEUMS,
Station Yard, Long Hanborough, OX29 8LA
Tel: 01993 883617 (opening hours) 01296 337622 (when closed)
OPEN: 10.30 am – 4.30 pm Wednesdays and Sundays (all year)
Saturdays (May-Sep) and most bank holidays.
Oxford Castle and Prison
Oxford Castle has been used as a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of HM Prison in 1996.
The old buildings have been preserved and are now open to the public revealing a time capsule allowing the buildings to tell their story. Costumed character guides will regale you with stories of the castles colourful past. The Castle runs a programme of Events and Exhibitions throughout the year.
Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY
Go to the Oxford Castle and Prison website to plan your visit.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The Museum houses the University’s scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens.
The building itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
Address: Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW
Go to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History website to plan your visit.
Oxfordshire Museum – Woodstock
The Museum is set in the historic town of Woodstock.
The Museum tells the story of Oxfordshire through 11 permanent galleries including the New interactive dinosaur gallery, New 3D exhibit, Changing Countryside gallery, Roman gallery and many more. The Museum runs a programme of events and touring exhibitions.
Address: Fletchers House, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Go to the Oxfordshire Museum website to plan your visit
At Pendon we aim to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930.
Realistically modelled cottages, farms, fields and lanes recall the peaceful country ways of that period. Cavalcades of trains, accurately represented, provide a fascinating record of the railways of the time.
Address: High Street, Wittenham, Abingdon, OX14
Go to the Pendon Museum website to plan your visit.
Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers Museum cares for one of the world’s great collections.
It was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers gave his collection of artifacts to the University. The Museum runs a programme of Events and visiting Exhibitions throughout the year.
The Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology, from around the world and throughout human history.
Address: South Parks Road, Oxfor, OX1 3PP
Go to the Pitt Rivers Museum website to plan your visit.
River and Rowing Museum
Discover the history of Britain’s rowing heritage alongside details of the people, wildlife, geography, culture and industry.
The Museum runs a programme of Events and Exhibitions.
Address: Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF
Go to the River and Rowing Museum website to plan your visit.
Thame Museum has a fine collection of objects, photographs and documents related to the Thame area.
Thame Museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.
The Museum runs talks throughout the year and there are many activities on offer to entertain children.
So why not come and have a look around – it’s bigger than it seems.
Address: 79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE
Go to the Thame Museum website to plan your visit.
The John Kirby Museum for Scouting & Guiding
The John Kirby museum, formally the Len Launchbury museum, is a collection of most things Scouting.
Nestled amongst the trees of Youlbury Scout Activity Centre in Boars Hill, Oxford, the museum guides you through the history of the Scout Movement, from the birth of Scouting’s Founder, Baden-Powell to modern Scouting.
With a chance to look at more than 3000 badges, old and new, plus try on old uniforms, blow a kudu horn, and even try your hand at Semaphore.
The Museum is open every Saturday from 9am onwards all through the year and a dedicated team is on hand to show people round.
The Museum also includes a dedicated Oxford Gang Show Room featuring all the Oxford Shows & Scripts from as many shows as is possible to obtain.
At some time or another many people were in the Scouts or Guides and also the Gang Show and all would be most welcome. Particularly with their sons and daughters or grandchildren.
The Museum Curator is Peter Slatter and he can be contacted on 01865 769003 for private appointment times to visit the Museum.
The Story Museum
Founded in 2003, we are a non-profit company and registered charity based in Oxford, UK. Since 2005 we have been developing our ideas with over 40,000 children and young people, as well as parents, artists, educational and arts professionals and policy-makers. We run outreach programmes in schools and communities, often the most disadvantaged.
Our schools programme includes touring performances and exhibitions, teacher training and learning resources, and long-term partnerships with schools and local authorities. Our current focus is on developing children’s language skills through oral storytelling. These programmes are systematically piloted and evaluated. Our family programme includes performances and creative activities with authors, storytellers, actors, illustrators and other artists in a range of venues, from theatres, museums and libraries to family centres, parks and shopping malls.
Our annual highlight is Alice’s Day, a free family trail around 15 Oxfordshire venues celebrating Lewis Carroll’s famous stories.
We work to share good practice through our website, publications and events for parents, educational and arts professionals. We are developing a digital treasure house of 1001 stories and story activities: ranging from audio and video recordings of traditional world tales to reading recommendations and story games.
Since 2009, we have gradually been transforming a large, dilapidated building in the centre of Oxford into anunusual museum, with the help of authors, artists, teachers and other cultural organisations and volunteers of all ages. In Spring 2014, we celebrated the first phase of our development with refurbished facilities, the opening of a shop and cafe, new events and a major exhibition.
Adress: Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Go to the Story Museum website to plan your visit.
Vale and Downland Museum
The Vale and Downland Museum is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK.
The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a cafe with a delightful terrace and garden.
Address: Church Street, Wantage, OX12 8BL
Go to the Vale and Downland Museum website to plan your visit.
Wallingford Museum is a local history museum, housed in a medieval building in the heart of Wallingford.
Wallingford Museum is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum, housed on two floors of this medieval oak-beamed building in the heart of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, a Thames-side town founded in the tenth century by Alfred the Great. From the Museum’s windows, you can see the remains of the great ramparts of Alfred’s planned town.
Address: Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford, OX10 0DB
Go to the Wallingford Museum website to plan your visit.