in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – Northern Colours
In Gallery 3 – Alphabet: The A to Z of our collections
In Gallery 4 – Revival
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

  • Join the team at Gallery Oldham…

    Expressions of interest for Early Years Practitioners Our early years programmes have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and building upon the success of GO Baby for 0-2’s, in 2015 we launched GO Explorers for 2-4’s and their families. We have welcomed and sustained a new audience of over 2,000 new […]

  • Heritage Open Days are back!

    Oldham is celebrating Heritage Open Days this September with a range of walks and talks organised by Oldham Local Studies & Archives. This is a great chance to find out more about the people, places, buildings and stories in our local area. Gallery Oldham is delighted to be involved and we are offering the following […]

  • MAKE STUFF powered by MadLab

    MadLab presents MAKE STUFF: a series of free making, coding and tech events. 10am – 4.30pm Saturday 3 September All MadLab MAKE STUFF activities are free and suitable for all ages. Just drop in, no need to book. Drop by and Make Your Own Robot, learn how to create a cloud at the Physics Busking […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 06

GO Baby

October 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 06

MakoEducation CPD: Stopmotion Animation

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri 07

GO Explorers

October 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 13

GO Baby

October 13 @ 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. 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

  • We're at the Manchester Cathedral celebrating the beginning of Black History Month with special thanks to the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive for organising. #blackhistorymonth #celebration #bhm #aiurra #manchestercathedral
  • '.. I am currently exploring gas/woodfiring with simple shino glazes on uncomplicated direct forms...' Find out more about Steve Booton's techniques and see his beautiful pieces in our upcoming exhibition. #northernpottersassociation #ceramics #slip #techniques #simple #glaze
  • This stonewear and ceramics piece is MESMERISING! It's just one of an array of pieces created for our #Northerncolours exhibition. 
Each piece is on sale and created by a member of the #northernpottersassociation 
A perfect time to get those early Christmas presents bought! 
#ceramics #slip #texture #colour #clay #activities #sellingexhibition #stonewear #colour
  • We're delighted to invite you to our next Exhibition Launch,  Super Saturday AND Fun Palace on Saturday 1st October.  Celebrate the beautiful new ceramics exhibition featuring selected works from the #northernpottersassociation and join us for some hands on clay activities and 'brushbot' making. 
#familyfriendly #activities #familyactivities #free #exhibitionopening #ceramics #takepart #funpalaces #supersaturday

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