New foyer displays
In the Community Gallery – Alan J Thompson
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 & 3 – Sounds Like Her
Plans for OMA – Our new Arts & Heritage Centre

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

  • See Oldham in a New Light

    We’ve mentioned it already but we are really excited about this year’s Illuminate Festival! This is the fourth Illuminate Festival and is your chance to see Oldham town centre in a new light. An opportunity to witness some mesmerising installations and dazzling performances. If you haven’t experienced Illuminate before then this film from last year […]

  • February Half-term Activities

    February 2020 Half-Term family fun activities at Gallery Oldham get creative and join in the fun, have a go at spirograph soundwaves and making a mobile.

  • Degas’s masterpiece to come to Gallery Oldham

    Degas’s masterpiece, Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study, from The National Gallery to be exhibited at Gallery Oldham in 2020.

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Events & Activities

Wed 19

Holiday fun at Gallery Oldham

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 20

Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 21

Illuminate Festival

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 27

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

February 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 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 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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Learn about OMA our exciting new Arts & Heritage centre which will open at the end of 2021. OMA brings together the work of Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Arts Development and Oldham Local Studies and Archives into one exciting shared venue.

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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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