in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Natural: History or Oh no, we’ve killed the last Unicorn.
In Gallery 3 – Family Matters
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

  • Festival Oldham Returns!

    Roll-up, roll-up for the greatest show in town! Festival Oldham is back for another year. The borough’s annual free celebration of art, entertainment and street theatre takes place on Saturday 26 May, 11am to 4pm in Parliament Square and the Parish Church in Oldham Town Centre and at Gallery Oldham. This year the festival takes […]

  • Transformation Party revisited

    A chance to look back to our Transformation Party from April 2017. On that day we showed over 200 people around the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery.

  • Now fully open!

    Following the disruption caused by a flood earlier in March we are pleased to announce that Gallery Oldham will fully reopen for business from Easter Saturday (31 March). However please note that our lifts have not yet been repaired.

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Events & Activities

Thu 24

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

May 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 25

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

May 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 26

Small Cinema: The Greatest Showman

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jun 07

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 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 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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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

  • An empty gallery space, but definitely not for long! 
Gallery three is transforming into a hive of activity with special thanks to @tate and @artistrooms we are so excited to be hosting this one of a kind exhibition featuring work by acclaimed artist Richard Long. 
As well as our opening event on Saturday (26 May) we also have SO many activities over the summer from weekly arts sessions, a residential for young aritsts, life drawing sessions and much MUCH more - so what are you waiting for? Book now! Link in bio.

#galleryoldham #artgallery #museum #oldham #weloveoldham #familyfriendly #workshops #teenworkshops #artistled #makecreateanddo #takepart #handson #richardlong #artistrooms #tate
  • A year on and our hearts and thoughts are still going out to everyone who was and is still affected by last years tragic events. 
#weloveMCR #welovegreatermanchester #standtogether #westandtogether #manchesterbee #weloveoldham
  • We are so excited to announce the official opening our of fantastic new exhibition ARTISTS ROOMS: Richard Long on Saturday! ⠀
Not only is it also Festival Oldham but we also have an amazing selection of workshops AND a Small Cinema showing to celebrate the opening. From clay mandalas to screen printing we have everything in between. ⠀
All activities are free, all are welcome to join us! ⠀
No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. ⠀
From 11am - 4pm at Gallery Oldham. ⠀
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  • Just another ceramic Sunday...⠀
Daphne by Claire Curneen⠀
Curneen’s work is distinct for its figurative representation. As one of the UK's foremost ceramic artists Curneen draws us into a world of narrative, where the tension between the real and the imagined is played out before us. Her ceramic figures have an imposing presence which tap into our desires, fears and mysteries. Porcelain, terracotta and black stoneware create an exquisite textural finish to these works, with dribbles of glaze and flashes of gold to accentuate their rich qualities. These figures bear bold narratives of human experiences and explore themes around death, rebirth and the sublime, which are both subtle and dramatic.⠀
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