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In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – MESH 3D Printed Sculpture
In Gallery 3 – The Big Big Camera
Transformation Party
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

  • Transformation Party latest

    Preparation for our Transformation Party is in full swing. Later this month we will hand the old library building over to contractors for their survey works to begin. We are marking this milestone by hosting a Transformation Party on Saturday 22nd April. And we are planning some special souvenirs of the day too. There will […]

  • Transformation Party!

    The project to create a new Heritage & Arts Centre in the original old library building is about to enter its next phase. In just a few weeks we will hand the building over to contractors for an extensive series of survey works. And to mark this latest milestone we are hosting a Transformation Party […]

  • 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 […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 27

GO Baby

April 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 28

GO Explorers

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
May 04

GO Baby

May 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
May 05

GO Explorers

May 5 @ 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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  • Nearly 200 of you have been through the old library today for a last glimpse at the interior before we hand over to the contractors next week. Thanks to everyone who visited, shared their memories and enjoyed some cake! #heritagelotteryfund #hlfsupported #galleryspace #galleryoldham #oldham #museum #explore #heritage #behindthescenes #sneakpeak #museum #gallery #urbex #ig_urbex #architecture #architecturephotography #urbandecay #urban #redevelopment #transformation #culture
  • Private no longer...The tours have begun! Please share your pictures with us by tagging @galleryoldham or #oldhamheritage. 🎉🎈#museum #heritage #architecture #archtitecturelovers #character #private #doorsofinstagram #urbex #urbandecay #urbanexplorer #ig_urbex
  • We're going through some of our digitised posters. Oldham Civic Hall never looked so good! #galleryoldham #oldham #oldhamheritage #heritage #museum #gallery #socialhistory #digitisation #digital #typegang #typespire #thedailytype #typographyinspired #dailylettering #typeface #typetopia #artoftype #handlettering #letter #strengthinletters
  • It's not only tours happening at the transformation party this Saturday! We also have a projected image gallery 🎞, a memory film booth 📽, a live art installation with two Victorian workmen 🚪, free souvenirs to take home, refreshments and CAKE! Open to everyone 🎈#postcards #pinstagram #badge #butterfly #collections #collection #nostalgia #oldhamheritage #heritage #hlf #naturalhistory #postcard #museum #gallery #galleryoldham #galleryspace #transformation #oldham

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