Abingdon County Hall Museum

The County Hall Museum at Night
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One of Abingdon’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, the County Hall was built between 1678 and 1682 by Christopher Kempster, a protégé of Sir Christopher Wren. It was built to house the Berkshire Assize Courts, which for 200 years bore witness to some of the county’s most important criminal trials.

The County Hall, now a lively and modern Museum, houses three floors of exhibitions with a diverse collection of local social history and archaeology, ranging from evidence of pre-Roman settlement to an in-situ MGB Roadster, one of the last to be produced in the Abingdon factory.

Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the historic town and the surrounding countryside from the rooftop of the Museum, while the newly restored Mouse Hole cellar café provides delicious lunches and drinks, with special Rooftop Teas during the summer period. With changing topical exhibitions and special events all year round, the Museum is a must see for anyone visiting South Oxfordshire.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-16.00
Open Bank Holidays
Closed 24th December - 2nd January Inclusive

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

Wheelchair access to basement, cafe and Crossly Engine. We regret that at present there is no wheelchair access to main gallery and attic. Baby changing facilities, public unisex toilets and disabled toilet are available in the museum basement.

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.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

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.

Gateway to the gods: the Roman temple at Marcham

  • 23 July 2015 10am-4pm

Abingdon Museum hosts a full day of archaeology activities, including object handling and learning how to be an archaeologist, to object identification with Anni Byard, and of course the unique new exhibition of the Roman Temple at nearby Marcham, with artefacts, interactives and educational information.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1713

Abingdon County Hall Museum
The Market Place
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3HG
England

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Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/abingdon-county-hall-museum/

E-mail

abingdon.museum@abingdon.gov.uk

Telephone

01235 523703

Fax

01235 536814

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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