in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – Edgelands: Emilie Taylor
In Gallery 3 – Trendspotting
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
Our Collections

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

  • Remembering the Battle of the Somme

    On Saturday 1st July 2017 Oldham Theatre Workshop in association with Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be performing their acclaimed immersive theatre experience ‘Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme.’ The play follows the journey of a group of men from their home town of Oldham to the battlefields of France. The […]

  • Edgelands exhibition of stunning ceramics by Emilie Taylor opens next week

    The stunning work of acclaimed artist Emilie Taylor opens on the 10 June with a fascinating newly commissioned exhibition of work called Edgelands.

  • A new project gets off to a great start…

    Encountering the Unexpected       Our new project ‘Encountering the Unexpected’ began last Sunday evening at the Oldham Anglo West Indian Club. Gallery Oldham staff and our helper ‘Primrose’ were warmly welcomed by the community. We introduced ourselves and told the members a little about our special project. Then we introduced Primrose, who led […]

More news →

Events & Activities

Wed 28

Gallery Talks Series

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 29

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 30

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

June 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jul 01

Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Twitter latest

Photo: Exhibition Space


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.

See our current exhibitions →
Photo: What's on

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.

See what's on →
Photo: Lowry painting

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.

More about our collections →
Photo: cafe

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.

Find out more →

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....

Find out more →
Photo: Gallery Trail

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.

Find out more →
Photo: Gallery Oldham Shop

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.

Find out more →
Photo: Old Post Office Oldham

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.

Find out more →

Gallery on Instagram

  • Annie Kenney was a well-known suffragette. Like many other Oldham women she started her working life as a "half-timer". For two years she spent half her day in school and the other half in a cotton mill before beginning full-time employment at the age of 14. 
Kenney was active in her local trades union and achieved fame as a member of the Suffragette movement that campaigned for women to have the vote. She was a pioneer of direct action and was arrested 13 times between 1905 and 1914. 
There were very few working class suffragettes. Mill workers who contributed so much to the economy had a powerful case for being given the vote and the suffragettes made much of Annie's past employment. #StoriesMW #WomenMW #MuseumWeek #heritage #galleryoldham #women #suffragette #vote #girlgang #mill #oldham #history #feminism #culture #museum
  • Fabric sample manufactured from yarn made by Shiloh Spinners in Royton. Morris and co pattern
'Blackthorn' was designed for wallpaper by J.H. Dearle in 1892 and was first adapted for machine printed fabric in 1975 by Sanderson. #morrisandco #shiloh #cotton #spinning #royton #oldham #pattern #patterndesign #abmpatternlove #sanderson #floral #oldhamheritage #galleryoldham #culture #museum #heritage
  • Join us for a special Small Cinema showing of Oscar-nominated new film, 
My Life as a Courgette. 
This stunning stop-motion animation is a gentle, funny and moving film that follows an orphaned boy as he begins to rebuild his life and find a new sense of home. The film is recommended for ages 8+. Craft activities from 12pm and film from 2pm. Tickets are £3.50 each, children get a goody bag free each! Tickets can be bought by visiting

#smallcinema #mylifeasacourgette
#saturdayfilmclub #oldhamcinema #childrenscinema #galleryoldham #museum #artgallery #loveoldham
  • For #nationalcleanairday here's a black and white picture of 'Smoky Owdham'. We've come a long way since then, but now a lot of harmful pollution is not as visible, are you doing anything for National Clean Air Day? #cleanair #pollution #mill #airpollution #milltown #cotton #galleryoldham #oldhamheritage #heritage #industry #photography #photooftheday #bwphotochallenge #history

#GalleryOldham on Instagram