Abingdon County Hall Museum
Abingdon County Hall Museum
The Market Place
Abingdon County Hall Museum is located in a Grade 1* listed building in the centre of the town just opposite the Medieval Abbey. This beautiful, perfectly-preserved Restoration building overlooking the Market Place, is considered to be one of the outstanding market buildings in England, with vaulted cellars, undercroft, stair of c. 1700, Sessions Gallery with Minstrel Gallery, and roof open to visitors on Saturday from April to October with views of the Cotswolds, Chilterns and Downs.
Abingdon is considered to be the oldest continually inhabited town in Britain, and exhibitions include collections from the Iron Age oppidum, Roman town, the finest collection of Anglo-Saxon jewellery and personal items from Oxfordshire and outstanding Medieval finds. There are collections and displays relating to all periods of the town's history, which is summarised in a Time Line suitable for families.
In addition to the permanent collections and larger temporary exhibitions several times a year, smaller exhibitions on local themes change every month. The museum has a well-stocked shop for every age-group, and a coffee-bar tables and chairs. Families with pre-school children are welcome and there is a children's activity table with drop-in activities.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-16.00
Ring to check Bank Holidays
Wheelchair access to basement, cafe and Crossly Engine. No Wheelchair access to main gallery and attic. Museum Guide at Town Council Offices at Information Point
Recently Refurbished and Re-Opened!
The Museum now houses one of the most diverse collections for a local independent museum anywhere in the United Kingdom. Abingdons acclaimed social and political history spanning the Roman Occupation to the modern age, coupled with stunning archaeological finds including an incredibly preserved 153 million year old Ichthyosaur, make up a truly remarkable permanent collection.
For Motorcar enthusiasts the museum houses one of the globally celebrated MGB Sports Cars, recently celebrating its 50th year.
Medieval and Dark Age enthusiasts can glimpse an insight into saxon and medieval England, with weaponry, smithing and textile finds occupying a prevelant position in the collection. Abingdon has always had a strong military history, and with Dalton Barracks, formerly RAF Abingdon, in nearby Marcham, currently displays a wide and diverse military collection.
Those interested in industrial history will have the opportunity to see some of towns greatest achievements in the form of Morlands Brewery, Harwell UKAEA, The Rutherford Laboratories and MG Cars amongst many others.
Archaeology, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War
Patching the Past
- 10 September — 21 December 2013 *on now
An exhibition by local quilters of new work inspired by the history of Abingdon and the County Hall.
This traditional craft is definitely back in fashion as the perfect way to personalise your home with soft furnishings. Come and be inspired by the variety of techniques and shapes used to create pictures and patterns.