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Uncover the real Oxford.

Within Oxford's Grade II* listed Town Hall is the Museum of Oxford, a museum designed with the people of Oxford for the people of Oxford. Co-curated displays, engaging interactives, vibrant designs and accessible spaces focus on the town's history, often overshadowed by that of the university.

We have two new galleries which show the changing story of Oxford through its history and people. From football to fairgrounds, marmalade to Morris Motors, patron saints to pubs, barges, bones, and all types of quirky customs—there’s something for everyone to enjoy during their visit.

Through collection items, video, audio and interactive displays, the exhibitions uncover what makes Oxford such a special place to live, work and study. It’s a great place for locals to explore their community stories and for visitors to discover our amazing city!

The Museum of Oxford is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of Oxford and its people. This may seem obvious, but in a city so dominated by the narrative of the University of Oxford, to have a space that focuses on the industrial, social, community and civic aspects, does make us unique.

We have an extensive programme of family events both free and paid for as well as talks, workshops, tours, and more for all ages to join in with. Don’t forget to check out the locally sourced items in our Gift Shop.


What do our visitors think?

“Perfect place to have a quick overview of the facts, events and important people of Oxford. 5 stars.”

“A very brief visit but a huge change now that investment had been made in the building & the displays. Lots of interactive activity & the displays are excellent. 5 stars”

“Very interesting and lots to learn for all ages. Worth a visit. 5 stars.”

Opening hours, 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday. Free entry. Full accessible.


 Contacts: / 01865 252334 /



 Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates,

Oxford OX1 1BX