Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
Summer holiday creative activities
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Edgelands: Emilie Taylor
In Gallery 3 – A Curious Turn
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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

  • Planning for the future

    The building work continues to gather pace for our new Arts & Heritage Centre. The continuing ‘soft strip’ entails the removal of all modern services throughout the building, taking the old library and art gallery back to the original Victorian fabric. These works have seen major changes to one of the second floor galleries as […]

  • 150 Years of Oldham Photographic Society

    The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery runs from 15 July to 2 September. It celebrates the history of Oldham Photographic Society which was founded in 1867 and today can proudly claim to be one of the oldest photographic societies in the world. On 16 May 1867 a group of photographers met at the Hare […]

  • Flying the New Union Flag

    On Friday 14 July we are hosting a fantastic touring art installation. The New Union Flag project by the artist Gil Mualem-Doron aims to reimagine the Union Jack and acknowledge and celebrate the communities that contributed to the UK’s cultural legacy. Re-created with fabric designs from all over the world the New Union Flag transforms the […]

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Events & Activities

Mon 24

Join our Summer holiday activities!

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 25

Join our Summer holiday activities!

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 31

Join our Summer holiday activities!

July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aug 01

Join our Summer holiday activities!

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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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  • Many of our Natural History collections are associated with the membership of the Oldham Microscopical society and Natural History and Field Club. We're extremely thankful for both for enabling us to house such beautiful specimens!

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  • #onthisday in 1919, Peace Celebrations were held in Royton. To celebrate and mark the end of World War 1, a Bank Holiday was declared in Britain. Though the main spectacle was in London, other celebrations organised by local authorities and communities took place in cities, towns and villages across the country. #otd #ww1 #worldwar1 #thegreatwar #celebration #tickets #ephemera #stationery #font #letterpress #culture #gallery #museum #war #peace #peace✌️
  • Here's another of our natural history lantern slides that we've been digitising. 🍂🌿🦋🐞#photography #photooftheday #glassslide #museum #heritage #culture #naturalhistory #butterfly #rhopalocera #caterpillar #society  #naturalscience #oldham #oldhamheritage #loveoldham #collect #1900s #galleryoldham #botany #bugs #countryside #lanternslides
  • Oldham is fully in bloom today as they judge for the prestigious North West and Britain in bloom competitions. We have our own little display of beautiful flowers, here are some of our Brendel Botanical Models. Good luck to everyone involved today! #brendelmodel #flowers #bloom #grow #britaininbloom #northwestinbloom #botany #breslau #flowersofinstagram #naturalscience #botanical #summer #oldhambloom #OldhamBloom17 #loveoldham #galleryoldham #culture #gallery #museum

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