in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition
The summer holiday activities are coming!
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories & The Community Gallery
In Gallery 2 – The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick
In Gallery 3 – From Waterloo to Peterloo
New foyer displays

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

  • What gives you wings?

    Behind-the -scenes conservation of butterflies and moths at Gallery Oldham.

  • Gift shopping? Try our shop

    Looking for a special gift or a treat for yourself this summer? Why not visit our shop in the foyer for a range of crafts, cards, children’s toys and Oldham souvenirs to suit all pockets.   We’re proud to stock a unique selection of textiles, ceramics and hand-crafted jewellery created by local artists and craftspeople. […]

  • After the Flood

    Behind-the-scenes conservation of artwork after the 2018 flood at Gallery Oldham.

More news →

Events & Activities

Sep 07

Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sep 11

Gallery Talks Series

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sep 21

Gallery Talks Series

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sep 28

Art Bites

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Photo: Exhibition Space


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.

See our current exhibitions →
Photo: What's on

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.

See what's on →
Photo: Lowry painting

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.

More about our collections →
Photo: cafe

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.

Find out more →

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....

Find out more →
Photo: Gallery Trail

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.

Find out more →
Photo: Gallery Oldham Shop

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.

Find out more →
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.

Find out more →

Gallery on Instagram

  • Haven't had chance to visit the Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick? Come down to Gallery Oldham and take a look at these beautiful birds. The exhibition is on display until 7 Sept.⁠
This unusual looking species is called the Rhinocerous Hornbill and can be found in the tropical climates and rainforests of Borneo, Sumatra, Singapore and southern Thailand. Habitat destruction has led to the loss of the large trees that these birds need for breeding and they have become easy prey to poachers. As a result, the Rhinocerous Hornbill has been classified as a vulnerable species. ⁠
#galleryoldham #ondisplay #naturelovers #instagood #instadaily #agameoftones #collection #pinstagram #bestbirdshots #birdsofinstagram #instamuseum #instagallery #OldhamHour #VisitOldham #taxidermytuesday #taxonermytuesday #nature⁠ #birdfacts #naturalhistory #taxidermy #heritage #culture #museum #naturalhistory #ornithology #insightornithology #ornithologist #birdlovers #environment⁠
  • An absolutely huge thank you to @markrigbyartistandteacher for the brilliant teaching and sessions delivered and to the young people who came to Fusion!

We hope you had a fantastic time and keep developing those portfolios.

#galleryoldham #weloveyoungpeopleinmuseums #kidsinmuseums #portfoliodevelopment #sharing #creating #developing #emergingartists #oldhamcouncil
  • Gallery Oldham often gets requests from other cultural venues to borrow pieces from it's impressive ceramic collection.⁠
Blue Loop was made by Merete Rasmussen in 2013. This piece is currently on loan to Manchester Art Gallery's Nordic Craft and Design exhibition and can be seen on display until 10th November 2019.⁠
Merete Rasmussen is a Danish maker who lives in London. She is well-known for her large ceramic sculptures which are often brightly coloured. Rasmussen has completely covered this piece in a blue slip (watered down clay) which not only gives it colour, but also a soft, matte surface which almost looks like velvet.⁠
@mcrartgallery ⁠#inspiremyinstagram #ceramicsunday #ceramics #instadaily #gameoftones #collection #instagallery #craft #artsandcraft #craftstagram #instamuseum #simplepleasures #pottery #instapottery #potterylove #ceramics #instahome #instadecor #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #galleryoldham #oldham #artgallery #museum #hlfsupported⁠
  • Looking to entertain the kids or grandchildren this summer? Want some inspiration? Why not come along to Gallery Oldham and join in with our free activities in our Education Space.⁠
Next sessions: ⁠
Mon 19 Aug 1-4pm: Feather headdresses & exotic paper birds⁠
Tues 20 Aug 1-4pm: Fossil making & Junk cars⁠
Most suitable for ages 4-10 year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult, there's no need to book just drop in anytime. Call 0161 770 4742 for more details.⁠
@GalleryOldham #OldhamHour #VisitOldham #VisitManchester #manchestermums #oldhamcouncil #thingstodoinoldham #greatermanchester #kidsinmuseums ⁠#mcrfamilyfun⁠

#GalleryOldham on Instagram