Oxford Museums & Art Galleries

Take a look through some of the best museums and art galleries in Oxford and Oxfordshire. On this page, you will find all the museums Oxford has to offer, classified by type and explained in detail including maps, best galleries, opening hours, and more. 

Most Popular Oxford Museums

You should try to visit all of Oxford’s museums at some point. However, if you’re visiting the city and need to make a selection, these are the museums we recommend you do not miss:

Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum displays the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. This museum is located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and

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History of Science Museum

History of Science Museum

The History of Science Museum holds a large collection of scientific instruments ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Housed in what was once the Ashmolean, the museum

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Oxford Art Galleries

Oxford has some incredible art galleries you can visit all week round. There is, of course, the fascinating Modern Art Oxford space, but this is not the only option for art lovers. There are also smaller art galleries and antique shops to make your Oxford visit worthwhile. Check the rest here:

Other Oxford Museums

All the other Oxford museums and art galleries, how to visit them, and when.

The Oxfordshire Museum

The Oxfordshire Museum

The Oxfordshire Museum is located in Woodstock (in Fletcher’s House, Park Street, opposite the Bear Hotel) and tells the story of the County of Oxfordshire through galleries and exhibitions. The

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The Story Museum - Oxford

The Story Museum

The Story Museum is an unusual museum. Located in the heart of Oxford, it celebrates the power of stories. Fly through a thousand years of Oxford’s story history, from ancient

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Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

The Oxford Bate Collection is the most comprehensive collection of European woodwind, brass and percussion instruments in Britain. It mainly contains instruments for Western classical music, from the Middle Ages onwards.

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Museum of Oxford

Museum of Oxford

The Museum of Oxford is dedicated to telling the story of the city and its people. It has classical and modern art, artefacts and instruments. The museum displays an exciting

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Historical Places

Oxford castles, quads, and locks. 

24-26 Cornmarket Street. Image courtesy of Chuca Cimas.

24-26 Cornmarket Street, Oxford

24-26 Cornmarket Street, Oxford is a timber-framed building built in the late 14th century. It belonged to a wine merchant and was an inn.

Christ Church Cathedral - Oxford. Image courtesy of Randy Connolly

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is perhaps the most stunning college chapel in Oxford. It was built as a place of worship in the late 12th century.

Oxford's Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, in Oxford, is a 23-meter-high bell tower that used to belong to a 12th-century church. Here’s how to visit it (and why!).

Parks & Meadows

Beautiful parks and nature reserves in Oxford.

Things to See Near Oxford: Waterperry Gardens. Image courtesy of Ukgardenphotos via Flickr Commons.

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens is a charming horticultural haven located in the idyllic countryside of Oxfordshire. Here’s everything about it.

Crocodiles of the World: The UK's Only Crocodile Zoo

Crocodiles of the World

Crocodiles of the World is a unique and fascinating attraction located in Oxfordshire and dedicated to crocodiles and their relatives.

Things to Do in Oxford

Looking for things to do and enjoy while you’re in Oxford? Here are some suggestions, from quirky shops to escape rooms, art galleries, and sports. 

Oxford Taverns: The Bear. Image courtesy of Joanna Penn.

The Bear Inn

The Bear Inn (or “The Bear” for short) is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs. People have been visiting and drinking at The Bear since 1242, although the current building was built

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Oxford Burton Taylor Studio

Burton Taylor Studio

The Burton Taylor Studio presents and produces a wide range of live performances. They have a 50-seat stage for students and professionals. The studio hosts a wide variety of student

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Oxford Playhouse - Oxford Theatres

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse is an independent theatre in Beaumont Street, Oxford. It was designed by Edward Maufe and F. G. M. Chancellor. Oxford Playhouse has been at the cultural heart of

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