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Museum of Oxford

Museum of Oxford St. Aldates | Town Hall, Oxford OX1 1BX, England
+44 1865 252334
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Small, but worth popping in

There is a good overview here of the history of the city, and some interesting artefacts, but it is... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
EH-in-York
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York, United Kingdom
Virtual bike ride

Small museum that shows how Oxford has developed over the years and an insight into victorian life... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
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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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Museum of Oxford St. Aldates | Town Hall, Oxford OX1 1BX, England
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

There is a good overview here of the history of the city, and some interesting artefacts, but it is only really a couple of rooms so didn't take us all that long to get round it. We didn't speak to her but overheard an obviously...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Small museum that shows how Oxford has developed over the years and an insight into victorian life. In another part of the museum is a virtual trip through the streets of Oxford, which is interesting.

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Only 2 rooms but lots of information here. The guide is very welcoming and explains the displays well. Make a point of looking at the dated maps which show the development of Oxford.More

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Dear underwhelmed2015 Many thanks for your review and fantastic to hear that your enjoyed visiting. Our volunteers in the museum do a great job of welcoming visitors and helping them to explore. The Museum of Oxford is about to embark on a large scale redevelopment...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Museum of Oxford is essentially just a small wing of the Town Hall, but manages to pack plenty into its small space through clever curation and display. There's some great local history items such as the mace and various cups and trophies, as well...More

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dear MattyLion, Thank you very much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed Explore Oxford and the virtual bike ride. We think it is pretty excellent too and our Jukebox in the gallery is a great way to interact with Oxford's past....More

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

The Museum is part of the town hall and made up of two small rooms plus a gallery. The gallery had some really interesting exhibits in, with an international slant of "arriving at Oxford". It told the story of people who had moved here to...More

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dear S B, Thank you so much for your review and for visiting the Museum of Oxford. Being described as small but interesting is great, and we appreciate your review of our 'Journeys to Oxford' exhibition. We are hoping to keep on working with communities...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is small but very interesting museum giving another take on Oxford life apart from the University. Take time to read the notes on exhibits and you will find very worthwhile All credit to the City Council to continue to celebrate the life of the...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

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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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...More

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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...More

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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

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....More

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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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