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 – Watercolours from the Lees Collection
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

Wed 07

Gallery Talks: Lees Watercolours

December 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - January 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Thu 08

GO Baby

December 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 09

GO Explorers

December 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 15

GO Baby

December 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. 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

  • #day6 of #museumadvent is a poster advertising the "Festival of Christmas Music" at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham and at Royton Assembly Hall in 1990. 
Oldham Festival of Light 2016 is this evening, 6th December, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and celebrates the festivals of Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah and Mawlid-an-Nabi. 
#museum #gallery #archives #christmas #december #heritage #festival #loveoldham #oldham
  • The Christmas book for the "New World" cook. Look at that shiny new oven! In around 1935 the 'regulo' dial was fitted to the new world gas cookers, so you could control the temperature inside the oven. You can see the logo for it on the wings of this unconventional sleigh. #day5 #museumadvent #museum #gallery #archives #christmas #december #heritage #cooking #fatherchristmas #santa #sleigh #loveoldham #oldham
  • #day4 of #museumadvent is the Christmas menu for the Oldham Pals from 1918. The Pals groups were set up as a chance for men to serve in the army with their friends. The menu included oysters, roast turkey and plum pudding. #museum #gallery #archives #christmas #december #heritage #ww1 #oldhampals #loveoldham #oldham
  • Have you already put your decorations up? Or do you think it's still way too early? #Day3 are these beautifully packaged Telsen fairy light decorations. In 1935 Telsen was bought out and the business was moved to Rochdale Road, Manchester. They produced a range of electrical appliances including Clothes Irons, Toasters and Christmas Bubble lights and Fairy Lights. #museumadvent #adventcalendar #museum #gallery #archives #christmas #december #heritage #localhistory #deckthehalls #decorate #christmastree #loveoldham #oldham

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