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…
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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Have you ever fancied trying life drawing but don't know where to start? Our upcoming sessions are perfect for you! ⠀
Join us on the 14th June, 12th July and 8th August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm each evening and take part in sessions led by artist Mark Rigby. Inspired by our latest exhibition by land artist Richard Long draw from the nude model to create beautiful sketches to take home. ⠀
Basic materials provided, please feel free to bring your own dry materials. Prior booking essential, £5 per person, per session. Link in bio.⠀
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  • For International Museums Day 2018, alongside other museum friends, we are looking for the #TheLostAuk. There are only around 70 remaining Great Auk eggs, and many museum collections hold them. We have 3 models of eggs of the extinct Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), part of the Fred Taylor collection.

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  • Two photographs in the same place.... ⠀
House 1987 and House 2011- Charlie Meecham, Photograph⠀
Charlie Meecham undertook photography along the Oldham Road between Oldham and Manchester in two phases. The First View between 1986-89 and the Second View between 2009-12.  Both phases led to exhibitions in Oldham and elsewhere. A small selection of prints from the First View were purchased at the time. This exhibition edit from the Second View was donated by the artist to form an archive of the project.⠀
In 2015 Charlie Meecham completed a PhD dissertation reflecting on the two phases of the project. This dissertation, along with the publication that accompanied the first exhibition, is held in the collections of Oldham Archives. Image titles were given as part of the dissertation process and were not displayed with the work in 2011-12.⠀
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