Gallery Oldham

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.
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

Gallery Oldham
Greaves Street
Greater Manchester




0161 770 4742

0161 770 2073

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