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.

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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


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

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

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


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


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.
Family Fun

Family Take Over Day

  • 31 May — 2 June 2017

Calling all families – we have literally opened up our huge craft store to offer a brilliant selection of activities. From junk modelling to messy paint and clay craft come and make your mark in the museum this half term. There is even a curiosity corner packed with mystery museum objects to handle. Not forgetting our pop up Pathé cinema for the grown ups. Huge amounts of fun.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6


£4 per child, no need to book


A walk around Banbury

Banbury Then and Now: A pictorial journey around the town

  • 3 June 2017 From 2:30pm

Over the past fifty years, the changing face of Banbury has been recorded through the “Images of Banbury” project, a continually expanding archive of historic photographs, run by a group within the Banbury Camera Club. Join Alan Sargeant to take a visual ‘walk’ through a selection of these images past and present, showing the buildings, people and events in and around the town.


£5 per person with proceeds to Banbury Museum Trust & Katherine House Hospice



British Pathe Films: Here comes the Summer

  • 15 June 2017 11-11:45am
  • 24 June 2017 2:30-3:15pm

We have delved in to the British Pathe extensive archive to create a series of special film compilations. What a treat! Come and bask in the warm glow of Summer. Anyone for an ice cream?


£5 per person, please purchase a ticket from the Museum shop or online


Silverstone Grand Prix

British Pathe Films: Celebrating Speed

  • 6 July 2017 11-11:45am
  • 15 July 2017 2:30-3:15am

We have delved in to the British Pathe extensive archive to create a series of special film compilations. What a treat! Get your motor running! A selection of spiffing formula one clips.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£5 per person


Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Rd
OX16 2PQ




01295 753752

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