Oxford Museums and Galleries
There are a wonderful variety of museums in Oxford from the world famous, recently refurbished Ashmolean museum to the Museum of Modern Art.
Recently extended at the cost of £61m – a cross between the National Gallery and British Museum, but smaller. Check the website for the daily tours and lectures.
Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is Britain’s first public museum and home to the University of Oxford’s world-class collections of art and archaeology.
Improving the way that these outstanding collections are enjoyed by the public and looked after for future generations is a priority for the Museum, and the driving force behind the exciting and transformative projects that shape and strengthen the Ashmolean for the future.
Closed Mondays, open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.
MUSEUM OF OXFORD, ST. ALDATES (under the town hall)
The history of Oxford seen through the eyes of its citizens. Wonderful collection including maps, an undergraduate roomset from the 19th century and archaeological finds from the widescale destruction of the 1960s. Not to be missed.
Tues–Sat 10am -5pm, closed Sunday and Monday.
BODELIAN LIBRARY, Catte street
The university’s principal library housed in a series of buildings dating from the 15th century to the 1930s. Public access to the medieval Divinity School and conducted tours: tickets from Catte Street entrance. Open 3 – 4.30pm on 1 May only.
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Parks Road,
A vast array of objects including reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, shells, fossils, and stuffed animals housed in a glass-roofed Victorian Gothic building. Special exhibition on the life of Charles Darwin. Family fun Sun 2-4pm.
Open 10-5pm daily.
PITT RIVERS MUSEUM, Parks Road, through the Museum of Natural History.
Ethnographical museum faithful to its Victorian layout – a favourite destination for locals of all ages. Childern will love the shrunken heads! Family events Sun 2-4pm. Closed 27th May for one day.
Open Mon 12-4.30pm, Tues-Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays 10-4.30pm.
MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, Broad Street,
Features Einstein’s blackboard among many other fascinating objects, displayed in the original Ashmolean Museum of 1683. Family friendly drop-in Sat-Sun 2-4pm.
Tues-Fri 2-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm.
BATE COLLECTION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, Music Faculty, St Aldate’s,
A small museum attached to the university’s music faculty, displaying 1000 musical instruments from the western orchestral tradition.
Weekdays 2-5pm, Sat mornings in term time: 10am-12 noon. Closed at Christmas and Easter.
CHRIST CHURCH PICTURE GALLERY, Christ Church, entrance in Oriel Square.
The college’s collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, dating largely from the 1400s to the baroque.
May-Sept: Mon-Sat 10.30-5pm, Sun 2-5pm Oct-April inclusive: Mon-Sat 10.30-1pm 2-4.30pm Sun 2-4.30pm.
MODERN ART OXFORD,
Tues-Weds 10.00 – 5.00pm, Thurs – Sat 10am – 10pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5pm, closed Mondays. Free Admission.
Modern Art Trolley, 2-4pm Sat-Sun, Gallery tours Thursdays 1pm and Saturdays 3pm.