Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham
Greaves Street
Greater Manchester




0161 770 4742

0161 770 2073

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Gallery Oldham
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Gallery Oldham, a bold new landmark building, opened in February 2002.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges


Oldham’s museum and gallery service dates back to 1883. Over the last 120 years Oldham Art Gallery and Museum has established itself as the cultural focus of a town that was built around the cotton and engineering industries and has developed one of the largest and most varied permanent collections in the North West of England.

The current collections include over 12,000 social and industrial history items, more than 2,000 works of art, about 1,000 items of decorative art, more than 80,000 natural history specimens, over 1,000 geological specimens, and about 3,000 archaeological artefacts. A complementary collection of 15,000 photographs and a large number of books and pamphlets is held by Oldham Archives and Local Studies Library.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Photography, Social History, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Industry

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Felt Ram hat with horns

Black Sheep: The darker side of felt

  • 14 February — 9 May 2015 *on now

Felt is the most ancient constructed textile in the world. This exhibition is an exploration of the edgier side of this extraordinary and versatile material, looking at artists who create sometimes disturbing and bizarre oddities and technically brilliant objects.

It presents some of the exciting and contemporary masters of the craft to produce innovative and inspiring work. Visits will discover felt teddy bear skulls and mutated organisms by Stephanie Metz, seamless show-stopping garments by Horst Couture and sculptural forms by Marjolein Dallinga.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Artists impression of the new building

Designs on our Future

  • 3 March — 31 October 2015 *on now

The project was awarded development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England in 2012. The scheme aims to bring the old library building back into use and develop surrounding land to create a vibrant cultural hub.

Keep up to date with our progress, see the architect's drawings and hear the creative responses from photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Community Gallery: Abirdabode

  • 14 March — 2 May 2015 *on now

The abirdabode exhibition is your chance to see all the amazing Art Birdboxes in one place before they are installed around Oldham to provide safe nest sites for birds.

The exhibition features work by participants aged between seven and ninety seven from across Oldham alongside decorated bird silhouettes created by members of the public at events including The Oldham Flower Festival, Festival Oldham and RSPB Discovery Sunday.

Following the exhibition, all of the Art Birdboxes will be installed in and around Oldham to become The Oldham Art Birdbox Trail.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Purple flowers

Solar Flowers - Alexandre Dang

  • 15 March — 31 August 2015 *on now

Artist Alexandre Dang has displayed his dancing flowers around the world. They have become an iconic work testifying to his commitment to the power of renewable energy.

Dang comes form a scientific background and uses solar energy to animate his kinetic art works whilst also raising awareness of the potential of environmentally friendly technologies.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A table with glasses and lots of glowing LED coloured lights

LED sculpture night

  • 14 May 2015 5-8pm

Join Gallery Oldham and Hack Oldham to take over the gallery and create a light sculpture in an evening!

With the help of Hack Oldham, make your own light using coloured L.E.Ds and attach them to the gallery ceiling. Watch the sculpture grow as more and more people create and add lights!

Drop in from 5 -8 PM for free refreshments, lots of light fun and after hours views of our exhibitions!

All materials and refreshments provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age