in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionThe Big Big CameraOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – MESH 3D Printed Sculpture
In Gallery 3 – The Big Big Camera
In Gallery 4 – Watercolours from the Lees Collection
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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

  • The Oldham Open returns!

    The Oldham Open exhibition is for artists of all ages who live, work or study in Oldham. As we prepare for its return this autumn we are sending out a call for entries. Pick up your paintbrush, fire up the kiln and get snapping with that camera! This is your chance to showcase your work as […]

  • A bird’s eye view

    We had a special ‘flypast’ this morning as our building project moved up to the next level. A drone was deployed to carry out a photographic survey of the roof of the old Library & Art Gallery before building work starts later this year. Much of the roof and the original lantern lighting will be […]

  • Big Big Camera – Temporary Exhibition Closure

    Due to a private event at Gallery Oldham, the Big Big Camera exhibition will be closed to the public on 7 March 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the exhibition will be open as normal from Wednesday 8 March. If you have any questions please contact us: 0161 770 4742

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Events & Activities

Fri 24

GO Explorers

March 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 30

GO Baby

March 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 31

GO Explorers

March 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Apr 01

Super Saturdays

April 1 @ 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 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

  • We're looking forward to the final of the #potterythrowdown this evening. Here is a piece by presenter @kate_malone_ceramics  which we are lucky enough to have in our collection. The inspiration was the tiny head of a seed of garlic. Look at that beautiful glaze! 
@bbc #pottery #ceramics #clay #pinchpot #abmcrafty #creativehappylife #craftsposure #makersgonnamake #sculpture #glaze #crystalline #crystallineglaze #crystallinepottery #visualsgang #designermaker
  • We've spent a few days digitising our vibrant print collection from the 60s and 70s. We love the colours! 
This is a section of 'As you like it' by Julian Trevelyan. 
#printspotters #printmaking #print #art #collections #lithography #juliantrevelyan #abmcrafty #creativehappylife #craftsposure #makersgonnamake #illustration #heritage #museum #collection #galleryoldham #gallery  #museum #digital
  • Our beautiful 'Carnival' oil painting by James Purdy features on @artukdotorg 
As it's Gary Oldmans birthday, we thought we'd share the perfect party scene. 
From one Oldham to Oldman, a very happy birthday to someone who shares a SIRIUSLY similar name! 
#jamespurdy #garyoldman #carnival #oilpainting #birthday #galleryoldham #oldham #artuk #almostnametwins #harrypotter 🍰
  • To celebrate international day of happiness we've found this VERY cheery ram from our ceramics collection. 
#happiness #internationaldayofhappiness #happy #smile #ceramics #collections #blue

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