in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories exhibition
In Gallery 2 – Northern Colours
In Gallery 3 – Art Forms in Nature
In Gallery 4 – Revival
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

  • Nightshade – Manchester Science Festival

    This week I’ve been working at Gallery Oldham creating an installation of paper forms inspired by current exhibition ‘Art Forms in Nature’, a series of photographs by Karl Blossfeldt. The photographs show plant forms magnified up to 30 times their normal size allowing you to see their structure and detail. The paper plant and flower […]

  • Join the team at Gallery Oldham…

    This is an exciting time to join the team at Gallery Oldham as we embark on a major capital development which will deliver a new Heritage and Arts Centre for Oldham. All of our current vacancies can be found below. Applicants must apply through Yourcounciljobs. Gallery Oldham and heritage services have established an excellent reputation […]

  • Join the team at Gallery Oldham…

    Expressions of interest for Early Years Practitioners Our early years programmes have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and building upon the success of GO Baby for 0-2’s, in 2015 we launched GO Explorers for 2-4’s and their families. We have welcomed and sustained a new audience of over 2,000 new […]

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Events & Activities

Nov 07

MakoEducation CPD: First Steps to Filmmaking

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dec 07

Gallery Talks: Lees Watercolours

December 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - January 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Feb 15

Gallery Talks: Big Big Camera

February 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mar 15

Gallery Talk : MESH 3D Printed Sculpture

March 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 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. Super Saturdays creative family fun, come and drop in!. Go Baby! sessions every Thursday. 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

  • Placement showcase #2: This is the second of James' favourite images from his placement with us. These beautiful original features really shine in the photo. 
Find out why James chose to take images of our Old Library and Museum building on our blog... 
#galleryoldham #oldham #oldhamcouncil #photography #architecture #architecturalphotography #placement #workexperience
  • Placement showcase: This is the first of James' images.  He is currently studying Photography at @oldham_college and is just finishing a week long placement with us. He has spent time exploring our Old library/museum building which will soon be redeveloped to create more exciting spaces for arts and heritage in Oldham! 
We think he's pretty talented! Don't you?!? #photography #redevelopment #light #stairwell #victorian #architecture #architecturalphotography
  • Another few from today's visit to see MESH, you can visit the show from April in our gallery 2 space. 
#3dprint #MESH #tactile #sensoryprint #sensory
  • This morning our Art curator and Access and Interpretation Officer spent the morning with two of the artists who are featured in 'MESH' our 3D printing exhibition. It's hard to believe some of these pieces are actually made out of thousands of layers of paper! 
#mesh #3dprint #touchableprints #sculpture #tactile #sensoryprint #sensory #mmu #manchestersciencefestival #mcrscifest #sumitsarkar

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