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Opening times

Our opening hours are Tues-Sat, 10am – 5pm. 

To keep our staff and visitors safe you’ll notice some changes when you visit.

  • There is now a one-way system to guide visitors through the building.
  • We are limiting the number of people in our individual spaces.
  • Visitors should wear a face covering when in our building.

Christmas Opening Hours

  • Fri 24th December – 10am–4pm
  • Sat 25th – Tues 28th December – Closed
  • Wed 29th & Thurs 30th December – 10am-5pm
  • Fri 31st December  – 10am–4pm
  • Sat 1st – Mon 3rd January – Closed
  • Tues 4th January – open at 10 am

Admission is free! We have a shop, large lifts, accessible toilets, and baby changing facilities.

Map and visitor information

Latest News

  • A love letter to Oldham

    Between 2018 and 2020, arts organisation Arc worked in partnership with Gallery Oldham on a community project to celebrate what makes Oldham special, with support from the National Lottery Heritage […]

  • The return of the Devil’s Fireplace

    This grotesque and unusual fireplace must be one of the strangest items in the Gallery Oldham collections. It has been a part of the Gallery collections since 1938 and many older visitors might have memories of seeing it on display. After a recent restoration project, the fireplace is now back on show to fascinate a new generation.

  • Gathering Moss

    The natural history collection at Gallery Oldham is much more than a store of objects; it’s an ongoing process. Over the years, many of the specimens were donated to the […]

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Exhibitions

We have four large exhibition spaces plus a community gallery. We take an innovative and unique approach to exhibition programming, bringing together what were once separate museum and gallery services.

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What's on at the Gallery

What's On

There is always plenty happening at Gallery Oldham! Check the calendar to see forthcoming talks and tours, art and craft courses, family activities, cinema showings and other events.

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Our Collections

Our collections include over 12,000 social history items, 3,000 works of art, 80,000 natural history specimens, 15,000 photographs and a large number of books, pamphlets and documents.

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Lockdown museum

Oldham's Lockdown Museum

Oldham's Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic. Share your stories, pictures and films.

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Children and Families

Kids & Families

We have bags of free fun activities for all the family from our GO Baby and GO Explorers sessions, Super Saturday workshops and free activities in the school holidays and more....

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Take Part

Arts, Heritage, Libraries and Music Service have got together to create Take Part, an online space that makes it easy to see what creative activities you can be involved in.

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Oldham Local Studies

Explore your family history; find out how Oldham has changed with the development of new communities; uncover the story of Oldham from village to cotton capital of the world.

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