Abingdon County Hall Museum

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

Website

www.abingdonmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

abingdon.museum@abingdon.gov.uk

Telephone

01235 523703

Fax

01235 536814

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A Restoration period building, lit up by night, above a crowded street.
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-16.00
Ring to check Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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

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Abingdon County Hall Museum at night

Museums at Night 2014

  • 16 May 2014 6-9pm

Have you ever seen a 17th Century County Hall transformed into an evening museum with a Jazz vibe? Join us for music, night time roof views and free out-of-hours entry to the galleries.

Abingdon County Hall Museum is opening late this May as part of Museums at Night 2014. We will be offering free gallery entry to all visitors from 4-9pm. The galleries will be filled with the sound of live jazz music and our museum shop will be offering a one day only discount on all ranges.

The ever popular roof will be open (£2 adults, £1 concessions) for a rare view of the town and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside at night.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry to all galleries and basement.
Roof entry:
Adults £2.00, Concessions £1.00

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