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Address: Museum of Oxford St. Aldates | Town Hall, Oxford OX1 1DZ, England
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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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Nice little museum but not well signposted or advertised from outside. Would not have noticed it as it is inside the oxford town hall building. Good interactive virtual tour of... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little museum but not well signposted or advertised from outside. Would not have noticed it as it is inside the oxford town hall building. Good interactive virtual tour of oxford for kids on a small screen in first room. Staff very friendly.

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

My guide book gave the impression that there was a lot to see at this museum but apparently it has been "defunded" according to the person on the reception desk and now only consists of a couple of rooms. It seems a pity that such a magnificent city as Oxford has such a small museum to commemorate its fine history.... More 

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Museum of Oxford is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of Oxford and its people. Some of the objects on permanent display are St Frideswide's Grave Slab, Alice Lidell's Red Cross Service Medal, Scott's Marmalade Tin, Knuckle Bone Pavement, The Carfax Quarter Boys, Oliver Cromwell's Death Mask, and Siege of Oxford by Jan Wyck. This museum opens... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 

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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 12 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 

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