in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Dave Ball
In Gallery 3 – Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War
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

  • Rugby League History – Pass it on!

    We are delighted to share the news that the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust has been awarded a generous grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Christmas opening hours 2018

    Gallery Oldham is open over Christmas and the New Year. Why not pay us a visit during this time to explore our great range of exhibitions. Christmas Eve – open until 4pm Christmas Day and Boxing Day – closed 27, 28 and 29 December – open as usual 31 December – open until 4pm New […]

  • Green Light for Oldham Heritage and Arts Centre

    Work on site at the historic former Oldham Library and Art Gallery on Union Street is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. Following a period of surveys and studies on this much loved listed building the ‘green light’ has been given for us to get going on the new Oldham Heritage and Arts […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 17

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 18

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 24

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 25

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 25 @ 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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Gallery on Instagram

  • That's right folks, CERAMIC SUNDAY is back! We hear you all cheering with delight... And to kick start the new year we're bringing you a little something different. 
These beautiful pieces were founded by Francis Buckley and make up just a small selection of items we hold of Buckley's. Born in 1881, the former barrister became an expert on subjects such as English glass and Stone Age flints. Upon his father's death Buckley moved back to Greenfield from London and dedicated himself to the pursuit of archaeology and, despite having no formal training, he became a notable expert in the field.
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  • Now in it's fourth year GO Explorers is one of our most popular early years programmes, full of fun, laughter and plenty of messy play. Perfect for 2 - 4 year olds GO Explorers runs on Friday  mornings (during term time)For more info or to book please contact Dee: or visit Eventbrite. #Earlyyears #welovebabiesinmuseums # #galleryoldham #loveoldham #family #mcrfamilyfun #whatsonmcr  #earlyyears #goexplorers #gobaby #artbites #messyplay #exploration
  • With a new term comes the start of GO Baby, our sensory sessions for 0 -2's and their families. GO Baby is run by a different artist each week to bring you and your little ones lots to play with and experience. Sessions are free, drop in and plenty of fun! #Earlyyears #welovebabiesinmuseums  #galleryoldham #loveoldham #family #mcrfamilyfun #whatsonmcr  #earlyyears #goexplorers #gobaby #artbites #messyplay #exploration
  • We're a little biased but would definitely recommend following our wonderful @galleryoldham_collective 
Our amazing group are busy working away at their first event which will be at our newest exhibition launch for the wonderful touring show from TATE. 
William Stott of Oldham: Great Painters are Rare. Come and hang out with the collective to create your own Zine, celebrate a wonderful new exhibition and have a nosey through the collectives first zine! 
The workshop and exhibition opening is free, but please RVSP via email or by phoning 0161 770 4742!  #galleryoldhamcollective #zine #williamstottofoldham ​#johnellermanfoundation #tate #artfund #heritagelotteryfund #hlfsupported #art #artnews #painter #oilpainting #lightlove #naturallight #lightdetails #designdetail #artsy #artista #artofinstagram #artlovers #brushstrokes #painting #scenery  #oldhamheritage #culture #gallery #galleryoldham #heritage #williamstottofoldham

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