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


Book onto a walking tour to find out about the hidden secrets, significant buildings and the people that made the city. Led by local historians Liz Woolley, Mark Davies and

Stories of Oxford tours

1 August to 23 November

These guided tours are led by our dedicated volunteer team and will give you an introduction to the people and stories of Oxford. Our guides will take you on their

Uncover the inspiring, courageous and often humorous story of the remarkable James Sadler (1753–1828): an uneducated High Street pastry chef; hot-air balloon pioneer; designer of engines, guns and laboratory equipment;

Inside Oxford Town Hall

7 October 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

Special 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.

Exhibition poster showing a mostly blue and green, colour drawing of a riverbank with people swimming and playing in the river, poplars lining the bank, and changing rooms and a ladder leading to them. A;lso featuring a heron, crayfish, fish and an otter.

Dive In: A History of River Swimming in Oxford
8 April – 30 September 2023

This temporary exhibition at the Museum of Oxford includes photographs, artwork, maps, plans and ephemera reflecting on the vibrant history of the city’s river bathing places, from the 1600s onwards.

This is an evolving exhibition that will engage with the local community through a series of workshops in the coming months – including talks, oral history training/gathering, swimming costume design and much more – culminating in a big closing event in September.

We’re collecting stories and objects throughout the show, email if you are interested in contributing.

Dates and opening hours

8 April to 30 September 2023, Museum of Oxford, Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission by voluntary donation.

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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