in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – DIS/rupt
In Gallery 3 – River of Tea by Tim Smith
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

  • Christmas Opening

    Once again Gallery Oldham will be open between Christmas and New Year. So if you want to escape from the shops, the weather or the family please do call in and see our range of exhibitions. Please note that we will close a little earlier than usual, at 4pm, on Saturday 23rd December and Saturday […]

  • Change from top to bottom

    In recent weeks the work on the old library and art gallery building has seen changes from top to bottom. Whether it is removing guano from the roof spaces or carrying out a damp survey in the basement there has been plenty to keep our team of specialists busy. The damp survey wasn’t confined to the […]

  • And the winner is…

    Now that the Oldham Open exhibition is over and all of the works have been collected there is one last announcement to make. Hundreds of votes were cast in our search for The People’s Prize. We’ve counted them all up and (drumroll) the winner is… Neil Seville received the largest number of votes for his […]

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Events & Activities

Jan 04

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 05

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 5, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Jan 11

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 12

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 12, 2018 @ 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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Photo: Old Post Office Oldham

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

  • We're delighted to have hit 1,000 followers today!

Thank you to all of our amazing visitors and followers both online and off!

#thankyou #thankyoufriday #followfriday #artgalleryandmuseum #galleryoldham #oldham #1000followers
  • To celebrate #nationalcupcakeday we're sharing this delicious image from @annie_mua_manchester . 'The best coffee and muffin I have ever tasted, anyone visiting manchester should definitely check out the #galleryoldham and have a lovely coffee from #nakedbean and you'll be needing a reward card as you will be visiting again vvv soon!" We' d highly recommended the sticky toffee muffin! @nakedbeancoffee

#visitingmanchester #livinglocal #fundaysout #coffeebreak #bestcoffeeever @manchesterultimate #visitmanchester #oldham #thingstodomanchester #food #mcrfoodies #placestovisituk #placestovisitmanchester ( #📷 @annie_mua_manchester via @latermedia )
  • Enjoying some peace among the watercolours @galleryoldham ( #📷 @novo_chic via @latermedia )

We absolutely love this picture by @novo_chic back from when our gallery four space was open! What we love just as much is babies in Museums!

We are passionate advocates for little ones enjoying our spaces. We are breast and bottle feeding supporters, we have multiple high chairs in our cafè, changing tables in our accessible toilets and two amazing early years programmes for our 0-4's!

If you'd like anymore information on our early years offer get in touch with Dee. 
0161 770 4741

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  • Day 14 of #museumadvent is 
Horseguards Parade (3) by Robert Tavener

Robert Tavener, illustrator and printmaker, was born in London. After 6 years war service he attended Hornsey College of Art (1946-1950). He was head of Printmaking at Eastbourne College of Art and Design from 1953, later to become vice principal until he retired in 1980. He also taught at St Martins School of Art for one day a week. He did much illustration work as well as commissions for organisations such as Shell, the BBC, and London Transport. He was a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers. His work is held in over 25 public collections including the V+A and the Government Art Collection.

#museumadvent #day14 #horseguards #centralstmartins #stmartins #bbc #v&a #printmaker #painter #roberttavener #welovecollections #welovecollectors #illustrator #sharecollections

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