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Address: Museum of Oxford St. Aldates | Town Hall, Oxford OX1 1DZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 252334
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Explore Oxford, at the Museum of Oxford, presents the city's past and...

Explore Oxford, at the Museum of Oxford, presents the city's past and present in two very different spaces. Exploring the past, visitors can have a look around a Victorian Office and see how the city has developed over the past 3000 years.

Continuing into the second space, visitors can take a virtual high-speed bike ride around the city. You can look and read about a variety of different characters from Oxford's past and how industry, entertainment, work and invention have shaped the city we see today.

There is much more to the Museum of Oxford than Explore Oxford though. With a host of changing exhibitions in our Gallery, a variety of events ranging from live music to comedy in The Old Museum, family activities and fun throughout the year and an accessible and extensive community programme. There are also lots of ways to get involved with the Museum of Oxford through volunteering.

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Two Rooms with A LOT Crammed Into Them!

This is a free museum (located in a functioning City Council building) that gives the tourist more of a view of the TOWN of Oxford rather than the much-touted GOWN of Oxford... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Longmont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a free museum (located in a functioning City Council building) that gives the tourist more of a view of the TOWN of Oxford rather than the much-touted GOWN of Oxford University. It's odd the things that stand out. For me, it was a section of excavated "pavement" from Medieval times made of ox and sheep knuckle bones pressed... More 

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Hello Teresa B, Many thanks for your review and for visiting the Museum of Oxford. It certainly seems you got the most out of our small museum and we are also really glad that we were able to offer a different perspective on our city. We are hoping to have an entirely refurbished museum in the next decade, allowing us... More 

Araraquara, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a very small museum and a nice visit for kids. There is a interactive screen where they can learn about the city.

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Workington, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Located in the town hall, took about 5 mins to walk round the two rooms, thought you might have been able to see some of the council offices... So much more to see and do. good job it was free...

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Dear alisdair t, Thank you for visiting our museum and for writing a review. We feel there is quite a lot packed into our, admittedly, small spaces and that Explore Oxford does a great job of giving visitors a starting point for their visit to the city. We are looking to expand and we are embarking on a Heritage Lottery... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I visited the museum of oxford about 30 years ago and found it very interesting. It had articles found when the Westgagte shopping centre was being built Thought I would go and have another look as I was passing and was really disappointed. Two small rooms which I got round in 10 minutes . Oxford is such a fantastic city... More 

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Dear christine4546, Thank you for visiting us. It is indeed true, we have changed quite significantly since 30 years ago. We are in the midst of a new redevelopment, the small galleries you mention were the first step towards this. We hope you will visit us when this redevelopment is completed. Many thanks, The Museum Team More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Thankfully, this isn't the only free museum in Oxford. I was expecting more. I should have read reviews on here first. Useful for information about the city.

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Hello Ian H, Many thanks for your review and we are glad that you found the Museum of Oxford useful for information about the city, that is what we aim to do! We don't believe that size is everything, however we are embarking on an exciting project to expand the Museum of Oxford called 'Oxford's Hidden Histories' so do keep... More 

Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Whilst in Oxford we had to find the Museum of Oxford and pleased we did. It's a very small museum for such a large city. That said it free and and although small offers so much. An absolutely fantastic place to visit and run by volunteers. Brilliant and fully recommended.

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Hello Duncan G, Thank you for the excellent review! We are really happy that you enjoyed the Museum of Oxford and that we have crammed so much into a small space. Our volunteers are amazing and glad that you agree. They know so much about the city and they all have different interests - you can get a different experience... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

We arrived and asked a member of staff where the museum was. He was very apologetic and informed us we were 5 years too late and all they had left was a two room taster. What was there was good and the staff obviously are making the best they can but they need a bigger venue. It would be better... More 

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Hello gilan02, Many thanks for reviewing the Museum of Oxford and we certainly agree with you, we would love for the Museum to be bigger! We are working at this very moment to enlarge the Museum spaces, with a recent successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The galleries you mention were the first step in this process, but we... More 

Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

A little museum inside the Town Hall, it is easy to walk pass and not see it. It tells the history of Oxford, and show the results of recent excavations well worth a visit and free entry.

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Dear roscwmbran, Thank you so much for reviewing the Museum of Oxford. We are indeed a small museum at the moment and it isn't always easy to find us. We are working to expand the Museum of Oxford, but in the meantime we are going to have lots of exciting events, activities and temporary exhibitions. Do come back and visit!... More 

Staines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Whilst there are only a couple of rooms, we found the exhibits surprisingly interesting and the volunteer guides happy and helpful to answer questions and try stop enhance our visit. Written explanations were available for some things, but we found that if we wanted to know more the guides were delighted to help. On a damp Saturday afternoon it was... More 

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review

Dear vpexplores1 Many thanks for reviewing the Museum of Oxford and for visiting. We are really happy that you enjoyed Explore Oxford and that our volunteers were able to help when talking about the exhibits. We are currently working on expanding the Museum, but in the mean time do come back and visit us or join us for one of... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Although it is small, it is quite interactive and people of all ages were there learning about how the city developed. Good for about an hour's visit.

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