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Museum of Oxford

The Museum of Oxford tells the story of the people of Oxford, of the city, and of the university.

© Museum of Oxford

This story has been created in the historic Oxford Town Hall, in the Explore Oxford Galleries, which are split into two separate spaces - Explore the Past, and Explore the Present.

Explore the Past

© Museum of Oxford

Explore the Past is dedicated to the history of Oxford’s people. You can explore the Victorian office of City Engineer William White, and see how much has changed in Oxford since it was first established around 810 AD.

Explore the Present

© Museum of Oxford

Explore the Present is in the modern part of the museum, where you take a virtual high-speed bike ride, showing you the city’s best features as well as unusual places not normally visible such as the MINI car factory.

You’ll meet some colourful characters from Oxford’s past, and learn how the city you see today was created.

© Museum of Oxford
© Museum of Oxford

The Old Museum and The Gallery

Besides the Explore Oxford galleries, there are lots of other things going on at the Museum of Oxford.

The Old Museum space has a variety of events from music to live comedy, and the Gallery has a range of changing exhibitions throughout the year.

The Stone Slab of St Frideswide © Museum of Oxford

Gift Shop

The Town Hall and Museum Gift Shop is open the same hours as the museum and has a range of products which are inspired by the collections in the museum.

Any profits raised by the shop are used to fund the museum and community activities.

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Museum of Oxford is centrally located in the Oxford Town Hall, and is entered just off St Aldates on the corner of Blue Boar Street.

The Museum is a short walking distance from Gloucester Green coach station and City Information Centre, and ten minutes walk from the train station.

Coaches and buses can drop and collect passengers at nearby Oxpens.

Car travellers may leave cars all day at the City's park-and-ride car parks (ten minute service from St Aldates), or alternatively park at the Oxpens carpark.

Museum of Oxford Postcode for SatNav: OX1 1BX


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