in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition
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

  • Conserving a Red Deer Stag

    Lucy Mascord conserves a taxidermy Red Deer Stag ready for new foyer display at Gallery Oldham.

  • New exhibition – The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick

      Opening tomorrow is our exciting new exhibition The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick. For Jack Fishwick taxidermy is an art form. But it is art based on a deep understanding and careful observation of the natural world. From a very early age he was fascinated by natural history and had a passion […]

  • New Foyer Displays: Have a peek at plans for the new Heritage and Arts Centre called OMA

      We’re very busy installing some eye-catching new foyer displays at Gallery Oldham which will be revealed at the exhibition launch this Saturday. Curious to find out about what the new Heritage and Arts Centre will look like and the types of objects that will be on display? This new exhibit will give you a […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 20

Life Drawing Workshop

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 21

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

June 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 27

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 28

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

June 28 @ 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

  • This 200 year old bugle is being played by Nicky Unsworth one of the Gallery Oldham team. This is the sound that drew Oldhamers to gather at Tandle Hill to plan for the St Peter's Field meeting and call for parliamentary reform. 

Playing the Last Post is a tribute to the 15 people that died and the many hundreds who were injured at this event which later became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

Listening to the bugle today was a group from Henshaws, a charity supporting people living with sight loss, and Anne Hornsby from Mind's Eye. The group were also given a exhibition talk by Senior Curator Sean Baggaley.

Come down today to see the bugle and a portrait of Henshaw who donated funds in his will to set up the Henshaw charity. These objects as well as many other fascinating items from the collection are on display in our temporary exhibition From Waterloo to Peterloo until 21 September.

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  • Oldham Museum, now Gallery Oldham, has a long history of collecting taxidermy, our oldest specimens date from the 1860s. Jack Fishwick, whose work is currently on display in Gallery 2, is continuing with this tradition, producing specimens for our forth-coming displays in OMA, our new Heritage and Arts Centre.⠀
These are exciting times for Gallery Oldham as work continues to gather pace on the redevelopment of Oldham's original Library, Museum and Art Gallery. Look out for the new displays in our foyer giving more information about the redevelopment of this stunning building and the types of collections that will be featured in the future displays.⠀
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  • Who is the best home potter you know?⠀
The Great Pottery Throw Down is looking for home potters aged 18+ years to take part in Series 3!⠀
For more information or an application form go to ⠀
Applications close on Sunday 23rd June 2019⠀
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  • The wonderful @galleryoldham_collective are here running one of the family friendly activities for today's gallery season opening! 
#gocollective #stilllife #drawing #weloveyoungpeopleinmuseums #takepart #sketch #oldham #galleryoldhamcollective #joinin #familyfriendly

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