in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
Festive Family Arts & Crafts at Gallery Oldham
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – New Exhibition Coming Soon
In Gallery 3 – River of Tea by Tim Smith
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

  • Christmas Opening

    Once again Gallery Oldham will be open between Christmas and New Year. So if you want to escape from the shops, the weather or the family please do call in and see our range of exhibitions. Please note that we will close a little earlier than usual, at 4pm, on Saturday 23rd December and Saturday […]

  • Change from top to bottom

    In recent weeks the work on the old library and art gallery building has seen changes from top to bottom. Whether it is removing guano from the roof spaces or carrying out a damp survey in the basement there has been plenty to keep our team of specialists busy. The damp survey wasn’t confined to the […]

  • And the winner is…

    Now that the Oldham Open exhibition is over and all of the works have been collected there is one last announcement to make. Hundreds of votes were cast in our search for The People’s Prize. We’ve counted them all up and (drumroll) the winner is… Neil Seville received the largest number of votes for his […]

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Events & Activities

Fri 15

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

December 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Jan 04

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 05

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 5, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Jan 11

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 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

  • Day 11 of #museumadvent is 
The White Mountain by

William Stott (1857–1900)
Stott was an important member of the group of British artists who were influenced by French naturalism in the late 19th century. After training at Manchester School of Art he went to Paris where he was taught by Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme. He exhibited a number of paintings at The Salon which were admired by French critics. 
#internationalmountainday  @artukdotorg #artoftheday #tate #artfund #williamstott#painter #britishartists #oilpainting #galleryoldham #collections #artgallery#oldhamheritage #museum #oldham#weloveoldham #greatermanchester #museumadvent
  • Day 10 of #museumadvent is a

A Tsuba (鍔 or 鐔) is a hand guard that would be mounted on a Japanese sword. This intricately decorated Japanese snowy scene measures around 7.5cm and is from the early 18th century.

#鍔 #鐔 #tsuba #museumadvent #galleryoldham #welovecollections #welovecollectors #sword #Japan #snowyscene #snowday
  • In the third film in our #ArtSpeaks series, Rowan McCabe performs his poem 'My Pierrot', inspired by the painting 'Bonjour, Pierrot!' by Ethel Wright from @galleryoldham's collection.
Watch the film in full: or click the link in our bio.
#art #museum #gallery #exhibition #Oldham #addiction #EthelWright #Manchester #painting #spokenword #poetry #poem #historicalplaces #film #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #artofinstagram #ArtUK #ukig #arthistory #arthistorystudent #student #RowanMcCabe #GalleryOldham #UK #artukinspired ( #📷 @artukdotorg via @latermedia )
  • Another from one of our amazing visitors. "Really amazing ceramic work by Emilie Taylor at Gallery Oldham 🌞🌚 a contemporary take on the story of Persephone and how the same themes of light and dark play out in the lives of modern young women. So refreshing and exciting to see such powerful work here in Manchester!" #Oldham #galleryoldham #emilietaylor #ceramics #persephone #demeter #hades #mythsandledgends #art #design #craft #making #gallery #contemporary #contemporarycraft #society #pottery #studiopottery ( #📷 @littlemissmidas via @latermedia )

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