Banbury Museum

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Welcome to Banbury Museum! We are a family friendly museum located in Banbury’s town centre, next to the idyllic canal side.

The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costume from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, are just some of the stories illustrated in the museum. There are also regularly changing exhibitions and activities to ensure that there is always something new to see and do.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 0930 - 1700
Sunday 1030 - 1630
Bank holidays Sunday opening times

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday.

Admission charges

ADMISSION FREE

Additional info

◾Lift access from the museum shop on to museum floor
◾Lift access to all floors of the museum
◾Accessible toilet on the ground floor
◾Baby change facilities on all floors
◾Various parking options surrounding the museum
◾Cafe

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Industry, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Cartoon people experimenting with sound and vibrations

Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound

  • 16 June — 2 September 2017 *on now

An immersive interactive exhibition on tour from Science Projects of London, whose work is featured in major science centres around the world. We’re surrounded by sound and our ears are bombarded by noise but do you know how sound is made and how it travels? It’s all to do with vibrations of course. Experiment with odd musical instruments such as the light lyre with its light beams instead of strings and the theremin played by moving your hands close to two aerials. Find out how your vocal cords work, watch your voice on a computer screen and puzzle your brain with sound illusions.

In conjunction with the Oxfordshire Science Festival (16 – 21 June)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets available on the day from the museum shop: £3.50 adult, £2.50 concessions, £1.50 children (Under 5s free)

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/good-vibrations-science-sound-2/

Lego

Brick Wonders

  • 16 September — 18 November 2017

Calling LEGO® builders and mini-brick architects big and small… A world of imagination and creativity is waiting for you! Discover the endless possibilities, as you journey through history and around the globe discovering brick wonders, carefully crafted using over a quarter of a million of these much-loved little bricks.

A treat for all ages, bring your curiosity, build your imagination and explore the world brick by brick. Marvel at the shapes and structures that can be snapped together to create the most iconic wonders of the world, including the Great Wall of China, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Niagara Falls.

A touring exhibition from Warren Elsmore.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies. Brick wonders is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by the LEGO group.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £2.00 children (Under 5s free)

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/brick-wonders-2/

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.
Anni Byard

Archaeological Finds Surgery

  • 1 August 2017 10am-5pm
  • 5 September 2017 10am-5pm
  • 7 November 2017 10am-5pm
  • 6 February 2018 10am-5pm
  • 6 March 2018 10am-5pm

Have your archaeological finds identified and recorded by the Finds Liason Office for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, Anni Byard.

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/archaeological-finds-surgery/

Paper Dinosaur

Dinosaur World

  • 22 July — 9 September 2017 , *on now

Travel back in time to make your very own dinosaur land, fossil collage, dinosaur animals, dinosaur mask and even a hatching dinosaur baby. Lots of prehistoric fun!
Available Saturdays and every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays.
Suitable for children aged 3+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2 per child

dinosaur

Dinosaur Day

  • 26 July 2017 11am-4pm

Would you like to make your very own clay fossil? How about recreating a dinosaur trackway? Even better what about making your very own shoe box dinosaur world complete with a T-Rex? You still want more? Why not go on a dinosaur hunt with the ‘Do you think he saw us’ trail and then phew take a break listening to stories of when Dotty and Danny the dinosaurs came to Banbury… A brilliant day of fun.

Suitable for: Children aged 3+

Booking Information: No need to book, purchase your ticket from the museum shop 10 minutes before the event starts

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£4 per child

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/dinosaur-day/

Fine Lady on horse statue in Banbury

To see a Fine Lady…

  • 29 July 2017 2:30pm-3:30am

If you visit Banbury Cross you will see a statue of the Fine Lady upon on a white horse. And with bells on! Discover from Rosy Burke the story of the making of the statue, some of its lesser known features and how the fine lady came to ride again to Banbury Cross.

Admission

£5 per person

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/see-fine-lady-story-fine-lady-statue-banbury-cross/

Children looking out at Banbury canal

Water World

  • 1 August 2017 11am-4pm

Fancy making your very own ‘junk model’ canal boat? How about making your very own piece of canal art? Would you like to travel back in time to become a boatman/woman? What about using your detective skills to uncover the watery secrets in our museum trail and then settling back to stories about the pirates who sailed the Oxford Canal? Well this is the event for you. Come and join us. Land ahoy!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£4 per child

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/water-world/

Old black and white photograph of children playing violins

British Pathé Films: Good Vibrations

  • 10 August 2017 11-11:45am
  • 19 August 2017 2:30-3:15pm

A quirky selection of film clips focusing on all things musical.

Admission

£5 per person

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/good-vibrations/

Aluminium Plane

Banbury’s Aluminium Legacy

  • 9 September 2017 2:30-3:30am

Delve into the fascinating story of aluminium in Banbury, with John Bridgeman CBE TD DL, a former CEO of British Alcan Aluminium plc and Director of Strategy for the Alcan Aluminium Group in Montreal. His illustrated talk will range from the world’s first aluminium windows, through wartime production of vital aircraft materials up to the development of materials from which Concorde and the Space Shuttle were built.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per person

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/banburys-aluminium-legacy-remarkable-achievements-english-country-town/

Compton Verney

Compton Verney: Past, Present and Future

  • 14 September 2017 7:30am

Professor Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney museum and gallery will be talking about Compton Verney: past, present and future. The beautiful 18th Century Housee is surrounded by a classic Capability Brown landscape with a lake and subtle ‘natural’ plantings, and the house is now home to a stunning permanent collection of paintings and artefacts, as well as a changing series of exhibitions, good enough to rival anything in London.

Admission

£3 per person, BHS members free

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org/compton-verney-past-present-future/

Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Rd
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX16 2PQ
England

Website

http://www.banburymuseum.org

E-mail

enquiries@banburymuseum.org

Telephone

01295 753752

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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