Abingdon County Hall Museum

The Market Place
Abingdon OX14 3HG


Abingdon County Hall Museum is located in a Grade 1* listed building in the centre of the town just opposite the medieval abbey. This beautiful, perfectly-preserved Restoration building overlooking the Market Place, is considered to be one of the outstanding market buildings in England.

Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street
Oxford OX1 2PH


Oxford's Ashmolean Museum is the country's oldest public museum and home to one of the most important collections of art and archaeology to be found anywhere. The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of humankind from the Neolithic era to the present day. Among its treasures are the world's largest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, the finest Anglo-Saxon collections outside the British Museum and the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.

Banbury Museum

Spiceball Park Rd
Banbury OX16 2PQ


Welcome to Banbury Museum! We are a family friendly museum located in Banbury's town centre, next to the idyllic canal side. The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costume from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley's Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, are just some of the stories illustrated in the museum. There are also regularly changing exhibitions and activities to ensure that there is always something new to see and do.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Faculty of Music, St Aldate's
Oxford OX1 1DB


The Bate Collection celebrates the history and development of musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition from the medieval period until the present day. The collection is made available for study and judicious use by scholars, students, makers, and players, so as to enhance and increase the knowledge of the history of music as well as the enjoyment of historic performance for all.

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock OX20 1PP


Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest Baroque houses in the country. A gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Sir Winston Churchill, arguably the greatest parliamentarian this country has ever seen, was born at Blenheim Palace.

Bloxham Village Museum

The Court House, Church Street, Bloxham
Banbury OX15 4ET


Bloxham Village Museum was established in 1980 to celebrate the history of the small Oxfordshire village.

Champ's Chapel Museum

Chapel Square
East Hendred OX12 8JX


Besides the village war memorial stands a medieval building adjoining a half timbered priest's house. It was built in the 15th century by the Carthusian monks of Sheen (who owned Kings Manor) and is now often called Champs Chapel after the family who owned it once.

Charlbury Museum

Market Street
Charlbury OX7 3PN


Museum displays illustrating the traditional crafts and industries of Charlbury, such as glovemaking, with maps and photographs.

Chipping Norton Local History Museum

Westgate, High Street
Chipping Norton OX7 5AD


A museum of local history including: prehistoric and Roman artefacts, From Saxon Manor to Market Town in pictures, Chippy at War - the Home Front, Chipping Norton Baseball Club (former All England Champions). More than one thousand postcards and photographs of local events and places. We are an independent museum run by the local history society.

Combe Mill

Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe
Long Hanborough OX29 8ET


Mid-19th century sawmill, with working steam beam-engine, original Cornish boiler (now out of service) and a working blacksmith's forge. Restored waterwheel.

Didcot Railway Centre

Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot OX11 7NJ


Welcome to Didcot Railway Centre, home of the Great Western Society and its unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics set in 22 acres alongside Didcot Parkway railway station. At its heart is the historic engine shed which is home to Great Western steam engines.

Dorchester Abbey Museum

Abbey Guest House, High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames
Wallingford OX10 7HR


The museum is in two buildings on the Abbey site. The Old Schoolroom is part of Dorchester Abbey's 14th-century former Guest House and displays illustrations, maps and artefacts reflecting the history of Dorchester and its locality which have been continuously inhabited for over 6000 years. It also houses an archive of Dorchester's history, available for inspection and research by arrangement, and a souvenir and gift shop.

Hook Norton Village Museum

Brewery Lane, Hook Norton
Banbury OX15 5NY


Hook Norton Village Museum is housed within Hook Norton Brewery's Museum & Visitor Centre. Collections: The village museum contains artefacts from Hook Norton and the surrounding area with special reference to the railway and ironstone quarrying.

Kelmscott Manor

nr Lechlade GL7 3HJ


Kelmscott Manor is a grade 1 listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from about 1600 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, unspoilt, unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside.

Museum of Oxford

Town Hall, St Aldates
Oxford OX1 1BX


Visit the museum of Oxford's permanent Explore Oxford galleries at the front of Oxford Town Hall to discover the story of Oxford and its people.

Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3AZ


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.

Museums Resource Centre

Cotswold Dene, Witney Road, Standlake
Witney OX29 7QG


The centre houses the county's major reserve collections of archaeology, social history, crafts and arts. It is a resource for new and changing exhibitions countywide, for private and academic research and local communities who are interested in their local heritage.

Nuffield Place - National Trust

Nuffield Place
Huntercombe, near Henley-on-Thames RG9 5RY


The home of Britain's greatest philanthropist, William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motor Cars and one of the richest men in the world. The house and collection provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of this modest millionaire.

Oxford Bus & Morris Motors Museums

Station Yard, Main Road, Long Hanborough
Witney OX29 8LA


At the Oxford Bus Museum we tell the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Our exhibits include historic preserved horse-drawn vehicles, buses, coaches and a wide selection of artefacts (bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters, staff uniforms) and lots of fantastic photos illustrating our diverse public transport history. Since 2004 we've also been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story of how these classic British cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley, in the city. Our impressive collection of vintage Morris vehicles represents those produced during William Morris's life. We also have a unique collection of 40 vintage bicycles, including a Penny Farthing.

Oxford Castle Unlocked

44-46 Oxford Castle
Oxford OX1 1AY


Visitors to 'Unlocked' will learn about the real people and events from the site's turbulent past: the first Oxford teachings, the owners, visionaries, activists and inmates. Visit St George's Tower and embark on a historical journey spanning the 10th to 16th centuries.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PW


Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the museum of Natural History now holds the University's internationally-significant collections of geological and zoological specimens, as well as substantial archival material. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the museum's growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.

Oxfordshire Museum, The

Fletcher's House, Park Street
Woodstock OX20 1SN


Situated in the heart of the historic town of Woodstock, the award-winning redevelopment of Fletcher's House provides a home for the new county museum. Collections: Collections of local history, art, archaeology, landscape and wildlife as well as a gallery exploring the county's innovative industries from nuclear power to nanotechnology.

Pendon Museum

Long Wittenham
Abingdon OX14 4QD


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.

Pitt Rivers Museum

University of Oxford, South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PP


The Pitt Rivers Museum is the University of Oxford's museum of anthropology and world archaeology. Founded in 1884 following a gift to the University from General Pitt-Rivers it retains its unique period atmosphere with dense displays of artefacts, many in the original wooden display cabinets.

River & Rowing Museum

Mill Meadows
Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF


The River & Rowing Museum has three galleries dedicated to rowing, rivers and the history of Henley on Thames. The museum is home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition, which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.

Soldiers of Oxfordshire

Access is via The Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street
Woodstock OX20 1SS


Soldiers of Oxfordshire - Conflict and County focuses on the experience of local people affected by war at home and abroad, with displays and activities to engage families, schools, life-long learners and social and military researchers alike.

Swalcliffe Barn

Swalcliffe, Nr Banbury OX15 5DR


Known locally as the Tithe Barn, Swalcliffe Barn was built for the Rectorial Manor of Swalcliffe by New College, who owned the manor. Constructed between 1400 and 1409, it is one of the dozen best barns in the country, with much of its mediaeval timber half-cruck roof intact. The Oxfordshire Buildings Trust owns it and repaired it with a grant from English Heritage.

Thame Museum

79 High Street
Thame OX9 3XE


Located in what was previously the Magistrates Court, Thame Museum offers the visitor a wealth of local history - from the formation of New Thame in the 12th century to the modern 20th century developments. Items on display include a full set of 17th century trade tokens and a Saxon burial urn.

Tolsey Museum

126 High Street
Burford OX18 4QU


The Tolsey Museum is midway along Burford's main street. The black and white timber fronted building erected on stone pillars was once the medieval meeting point for the wealthy wool merchants who also paid their tolls or tax here. The Tolsey now houses a collection of local artefacts depicting the social and industrial heritage of the Oxfordshire town and surrounding area.

Tom Brown's School Museum

Broad Street, Uffington
Faringdon SN7 7RA


Tom Brown's School Museum is housed in a Grade 1 listed building dated 1617. This small unique building was formerly a school room for '12 worthy boys'. Collections: Includes archaeological material from The White Horse Hill and surrounding area. Reference material relating to Thomas Hughes and a collection of over 130 different editions of Tom Brown's Schooldays. Reference material relating to Sir John Betjeman who lived in the village. Local archives including photographs, video material, oral tapes and documentation.

Vale & Downland Museum

The Old Surgery, Church Street
Wantage OX12 8BL


The Vale and Downland Museum and Visitor Centre is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK. Collections: Archaeology, social history, interactive relief map of the hinterland, specially produced films on the area narrated by David Attenborough, Wantage Tramway exhibit, rural arts and crafts, tanning and cloth making exhibits, agricultural machinery, Dean Butler and the Oxford Movement, Williams F1 racing car, discovery gallery for children.

Wallingford Museum

Flint House, 52 High Street
Wallingford OX10 0DB


Wallingford Museum is a colourful and delightfully intimate local history museum, housed in a medieval oak-beamed hall-house opposite the Saxon banks in the Kinecroft and next to the public library. Collections: Includes items from archaeological excavations in and around the town and artefacts from the Romans to the 20th century. Strong local social history emphasis focuses on the growth and decline of the vast Medieval Castle, one of the largest in the country, the government of the town under its unique 1155 Charter, and the more everyday nature of life in a Thames-side market town in later centuries.

Waterperry Gardens & Rural Museum

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Nr Wheatley OX33 1JZ


A comprehensive and interesting collection of tools and implements is housed in the 18th century granary at Waterperry Gardens. This museum shows the skills required in making horticultural and agricultural tools and also the skills needed to use them, as for example to two man hedge cutter.

Witney & District Museum

75 High Street
Witney OX28 6JA


The museum is situated in a traditional Cotswold stone building that was formerly the home of Malachi Bartlett, a prolific Victorian builder. The ground floor contains a large gallery containing local history displays, while the upper floor contains a large gallery used for temporary displays and two smaller rooms, one of which is furnished as a traditional Witney kitchen of circa 1953. Collections: The collections reflect the social, industrial and military history of the township of Witney and the surrounding area. Local industries such as blanket-making and brewing are represented, and there are, in addition, large archive and photographic collections.