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Half-term holiday workshops
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – MESH 3D Printed Sculpture
In Gallery 3 – Trendspotting
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.

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Latest News

  • Dementia Awareness Week 2017

    This Friday (19 May) Gallery Oldham and Making Space are holding a market place open day as part of Dementia Awareness week.  Carers, people living with dementia, and anyone wishing to understand and find out more about services available and what’s happening around dementia in Oldham are invited to come along.  The event is free […]

  • Trendspotting in our latest exhibition

    Our latest exhibition explores Gallery Oldham’s long relationship with the Contemporary Art Society.   The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) was founded in 1910 by a group of artists, critics, curators and art patrons with the aim of furthering the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. Museums and galleries paid an annual subscription and were given […]

  • 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 […]

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Events & Activities

Fri 26

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

May 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jun 08

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jun 09

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

June 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jun 15

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 15 @ 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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  • Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by Mondays tragedy. ❤️🐝 #weloveMCR #standtogether #westandwithManchester
  • One of Fluorite’s more unusual properties is that it will fluoresce, or glow, under ultraviolet light. It was one of the first materials in which the phenomena of fluorescence was recognized and studied, and the term ‘Fluorescence’ actually comes from the mineral name ‘Fluorite’

#minerals #geology #photography #photooftheday #photogram #stonelicious #gems #gemstones #earth #nature #gemology #cubiccrystals #earthporn #geologist #rainbow #shiny #purple #fluorite #bluejohn #layered #geologyrocks
  • We're taking part in the fantastic Museums at Night programme! 
Join us tomorrow evening from 5 till 8 for a brilliant sculpture workshop with @meshxuk and a chance to view all of our exhibitions! . . . 
#museumsatnight #culture24 #sculpture #welovekidsinmuseums #workshop #eveningsession #nightatthemuseum #refreshments #eveningentertainment #nobetterwaytospendathursday #mcrafterhours #greatermcrafterhours #familyfriendly #craftythursdays
  • We've been digitising loads of lantern slides from our natural history collections. Here's an image taken from a society day out in the early 1900s, he's dressed for adventure with a butterfly net in hand! 🦋🐞#photography #photooftheday #glassslide #museum #heritage #culture #naturalhistory #butterfly #society #naturalscience #oldham #oldhamheritage #loveoldham #collect #1900s #galleryoldham #botany #bugs #countryside

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