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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

  • Facing the future

    The latest stage of work on the old library and art gallery building has enabled us to get a close look at the faces that have stared out from this grand old building since 1883. Our contractors have been using a cherry-picker to carry out some survey work and also took the chance to come […]

  • Going underground

    In recent weeks the focus of work on the new Heritage & Arts Centre has been at ground level and below. The ongoing survey work has been mapping the services along Ashworth Street and Southgate Street as well as getting a better idea of the composition of the soil itself. In September a large boring […]

  • Change is happening!

    The “soft strip” of the old building has revealed many fascinating changes. The work has removed modern features to reveal elements of the building as it would have appeared in the 18oos. For the latest update on our Heritage & Arts Centre project we thought you’d enjoy these films giving a sense of what has […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 23

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

November 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 24

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

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

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

November 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dec 01

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

December 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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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

  • Pebble Prominent Caterpillar 
Here's a bright and beautiful lantern slide to cheer up a grey and dark day. 
Did you see our colourful article on @museumcrush ? You can search gallery oldham on their website or labourously type in the link :

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  • Another stunning image with special thanks to @jaxken for this amazing photo of our original stairway. 
Keep your eyes peeled for some more of our #transformationtour images coming soon... Staircase detail - love the teal next to the dark wood 😍 Old Oldham Library transformation tour... #galleryoldham #oldham #oldhamlibrary #transformation #tour #oldlibrary #library #oldbuildings #staircase #detail #teal #wood ( #📷 @jaxken via @latermedia )
There's still time to enter our Christmas Hamper competition! ⠀
Beautifully hand-crafted winter hamper specially put together by our wonderful front of house team. ⠀
To be in with a chance of winning all of the fantastic gifts*, just in time for Christmas, all you have to do is the following:⠀
Answer the following: ⠀
Where in Oldham was the Fossil Forest discovered? ⠀
1) Follow us ⠀
2) Like this post⠀
3) DM us your answer followed by your name, email address & contact number.⠀
⠀ *prize must be collected in person. ⠀
Prize winner will be announced on the 22nd December. ⠀
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  • A very Happy Birthday to William Stott who was born on this day in 1857 in Oldham. 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.

Click the link in our bio for exciting Stott exhibition news! 
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