in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionThe Big Big CameraOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – Ann Sutton: On the Grid
In Gallery 3 – The Big Big Camera
In Gallery 4 – Watercolours from the Lees Collection
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
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Opening times

We are open six days a week:

Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm

Last admission to the galleries 4.45 pm

We are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays


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

Map and visitor information

Latest News

  • Reaching for the top

    Eagle eyed visitors might have noticed the first signs of building work on our exciting capital project. Scaffolding has appeared along two sides of the Old Library & Art Gallery building to enable our contractors to fully survey the roof. There were several internal building surveys last year but for many this is the first […]

  • History of Lancashire in 70 Objects

    As part of a project to celebrate Lancashire Life’s 70th Birthday – Gallery Oldham needs your help in picking your favourite object to tell the story of the history of Lancashire. 70 of the final objects from across the North West will be selected to feature in both the magazine and a visitor trail from September – November 2017.

  • Christmas Opening Times

    Over the festive period we will have alternative opening times and be closed on certain during the Christmas break. Please find these dates and times below. We would advise checking the website or calling our direct number prior to any visit close to Christmas to avoid disappointment.   Christmas Eve – Sat 24th December, 10am […]

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Events & Activities

Mar 01

Baby Sign

March 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mar 02

GO Baby

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mar 03

GO Explorers

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Mar 04

Super Saturdays

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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

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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Naked Bean Cafe

Oldham’s favourite lunch spot! The cafe in Oldham Gallery is the perfect place to meet friends or colleagues for a bite to eat, or just for coffee. Families are very welcome.

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Kids & Families

We have bags of free fun activities. Super Saturdays creative family fun, come and drop in!. Go Baby! sessions every Thursday. Free activities in the school holidays, and more..

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Gallery Trail

Follow our new Gallery Trail which highlights objects of interest around the building. You can see items from our collections and a range of exhibitions throughout Gallery Oldham.

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Gallery Shop

Our shop sells souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and pockets including a wide range of crafts and jewellery, cards and postcards, engraved crystal, exhibition catalogues and books.

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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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Gallery on Instagram

  • Woohoo! An exciting picture outside our former building for Monday morning! 
Our redevelopment will help us to deliver more fantastic projects,  work with more community and school groups, have more hands-on activities, more of our fascinating collections on display and help us to work with the wonderful Local studies and Archives, Arts Development and @otwoldham

If you've not heard about our redevelopment where have you been?! There's plenty more information on our website 
#oldhamheritage #newdevelopment #oldhamclocalstudiesandarchives #oldhamartsdevelopment #excitingfutureahead #mondaymotivation
  • The fabulous @madlabuk are with us tomorrow AND Saturday for two lots of #makestuff we had over 400 people last year so make sure to get here early and MAKE STUFF! 
#soldering #hack #digital #technology #arduino #bananapiano #makestuffwithmadlab #madlab #manchesterdigital #getcreative
  • We're not quite done with 
#valentinesday so one for #whploveis a beautiful bouquet of flowers on a printed telegram 😍😍😍 #flowers #love #happiness #telegram #archive #memoirs #valentines #loveisintheair
  • Happy Valentines Day! A small valentines card from around 1880 with a charming message. #valentines #post #card #embossed #oldham #galleryoldham #catsofinstagram #curatorialcats #dogs #love #lovequotes

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