in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – New Exhibition Coming Soon
In Gallery 3 – Family Matters
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
Our Collections

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

  • Plans for a phased reopening

    It’s been all hands to the pump at Gallery Oldham over the last two weeks! And we are now preparing to reopen after disruption caused by a flood in the building. The exhibitions will remain closed until 24 March although we will restart some activities in the run up to this date.

  • Gallery closure

    Unfortunately Gallery Oldham will remain closed over the next few days. The Naked Bean cafe is also closed. We hope to reopen on Monday 19 March and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • Early closure

    We are open as usual today, Friday 2nd March, although will be closing at 3pm to allow our staff to get home safely. If you’re travelling to visit us today stay warm and safe! This painting from our collections shows a snowy scene in Oldham in 1912.

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Flood Closure Update!

Following the recent flooding, the Gallery will be reopening on Saturday 24th March

Unfortunately for the next few weeks there will be no lift in operation at the Gallery. We will keep you updated with accessibility details.

From 24 March there will be a new exhibition in the Gallery 2 ‘Natural History (a fable of progress)’ as well as a new exhibition in the Community Gallery looking at the development of the new Cottam Street Park.

We hope that the Naked Bean café and the remaining gallery space will open soon after.

Please keep checking the website for details.

Events & Activities

Thu 22

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

March 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 23

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 24

FREE Papercraft artist-led workshop

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri 30

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

March 30 @ 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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