The new Museum is open. You can still check out our ‘Museum at home’ online and offline events and add to Oxford City Stories. In person events are also advertised on Art Tickets, our online ticket booking service.

See our featured events below or click the button to see the rest of our events, including current temporary exhibitions.

The new Museum is open. You can still check out our ‘Museum at home’ online and offline events and adding to Oxford City Stories. In person events are also advertised here.

Choose from talks, exhibitions, family activities to try at home, and sharing your own City Story!

See our featured events below or you can go straight to our events calendar to search through all of our events or view them by day or month.

Highlights

Mini MOX: A story-songtime for under 5s!

7 February 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us for a historical story-songtime, perfect for under 5s!

Take a walk on the wild side! Would you want to take a hyena for a walk? Or have chimpanzees to tea? When did we start seeking out wild animals

Guided tour: This Talented Town

9 February 1:00pm to 1:45pm

A mixture of Oxford city specialities, this tour will highlight the achievements of some of the extraordinary people from this spectacular town. Our guides will take you on their personalised

Inside Oxford Town Hall

11 February 11:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Museum of Oxford as we take you on a tour around Oxford’s magnificent Town Hall. You will see the Court Room and the Council Chamber. All other rooms

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Temporary exhibitions

Our temporary exhibitions are curated and created together with community groups, artists, and researchers. You can see past exhibitions here, and current ones below.

Two side by side photos. Black and white photo of a young man taken in 1914 on the left, and a colour photo of a young man taken in 2020s on the right. Boy on the left is wearing a white shirt, dark tie and braces, his arms are folded and he's looking directly at the camera. The boy on the right is wearing a blut t-shirt with the words 'just do it', a light colour bucket hat; he is holding a skateboard behind him and looking directly at the camera.

Are we so different? Photo portraits of 19th and 21st century people of Oxford
7 January – 1 April 2023

This temporary exhibition at the Museum of Oxford brings together portraits of Oxford citizens, taken about a century apart.

Henry Underhill, a grocer with a shop on the High Street in the late 19th/early 20th century, took striking photographic portraits of his friends and family in their moments of leisure. Some 100 years later, Kazem Hakimi, owner of the well-loved chip shop on Iffley Road, takes similarly candid photos of his customers, quickly capturing them as they’re waiting for their order.

The photos are exhibited side by side. The selection was made by Mr Hakimi and the Museum staff, and is mostly based on perceived similarities, for example in composition, facial expression, or fashion accessories.

We invite visitors to try and spot the similarities, while at the same time noticing differences between lives past and present, and perhaps asking: what will a similar exhibition look like a hundred years from now?

Dates and opening hours

7 January to 1 April 2023, Museum of Oxford, Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission by voluntary donation.

The exhibition will also be on display at the Pegasus Theatre on Magdalen Road from 14 April to 6 May 2023. Check the Pegasus Theatre’s website for venue details.

Black and white photograph of early 20th century Cowley Rd

East Oxford Jukebox

Have fun with the jukebox where each postcard tells you a different story about the Cowley Road, its past and present. Plus a video highlighting stories of immigration to Florence Park. Subject to availability – the jukebox is located in Museum Makers, our workshop and events space, and therefore access to this display may be restricted during events.

Digital exhibitions

Our digital exhibitions feature fantastic local stories. Go to our Digital Exhibitions website, or click on the images below to view our featured exhibitions.

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