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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Oxford

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Oxford in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 121 Oxford museums and art galleries to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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The Story Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Story Museum’s exhibitions and spaces are currently closed for redevelopment, with plans to reopen in 2020. In the meantime, you can still visit...

Modern Art Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Modern Art Oxford is a visual gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Lots of family related things to do: The...

History of Science Museum

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The History of Science Museum houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose built museum bu...

The Ashmolean

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Founded in 1683,The Ashmolean Museum is Britain's first public museum and home to the University of Oxford's world class collections of art and archa...

Bates Collection of Musical Instruments

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Bates Collection of Musical Instruments has over 2000 immaculately maintained instruments from Western orchestral music traditions, all the way f...

Museum of Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum of Oxford offers fun and interactive galleries for families to explore local history of Oxford and its people; including an interactive touch...

The Pitt Rivers Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Pitt Rivers Museum offers free drop-in family events and object handling opportunities that take place on the first Saturday of every month, ever...

Oxford University Museum of Natural History4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens...



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Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Museum

  • Witney
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Museum is a great place for the family, with something for everyone to enjoy. 100 years ago, William Morris started the...

The Oxfordshire Museum

  • Woodstock
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Oxfordshire Museum A wide range of natural and social history collections and exhibits all related to the locality. They have a few sections whic...

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

  • Woodstock
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

You can't talk about the history of Oxfordshire without exploring its rich military heritage. The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is your key to unloc...

Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways

  • Abingdon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways is an excellent place to learn interesting information about the beautiful rural landscape in the 1920s and...

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery

  • Aylesbury
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, based at Buckinghamshire County Museum, is a fantastic place for you and the kids to let your imaginations run wild an...

Buckinghamshire County Museum

  • Aylesbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Buckinghamshire County Museum is an award winning County Museum is in the attractive old town area of Aylesbury in beautifully restored buildings, so...

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

  • Buckingham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle as a purpose built prison,...

River & Rowing Museum

  • Henley-on-Thames
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The River and Rowing Museum is home to a collection of over 20,000 items telling the history of rowing, Henley on Thames, and the River Thames. With...

Banbury Museum

  • Banbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Banbury Museum is a great museum full of local interest with a range of activities for kids of all ages. There are prize trails for all ages, plus Dr...

Cotswold Motoring Museum

  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection is a fun packed indoor museum with loads of activities for the children. With seven unique galleries incl...

Wycombe Museum

  • High Wycombe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Wycombe Museum runs a packed events and activities programme suitable for all ages. Activities include Tiny Talk times for toddlers, craft activities...

Bourton Model Railway

  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Indoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Housed in a period farmhouse and established for over 25 years this is a spectacular Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and traditional toyshop situate...

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