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.
Monday - Saturday 0930 - 1700
Sunday 1030 - 1630
Bank holidays Sunday opening times
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday.
◾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
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Industry, Social History
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)
- Any age
Tickets available on the day from the museum shop: £3.50 adult, £2.50 concessions, £1.50 children (Under 5s free)
- 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.
- Any age
£4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £2.00 children (Under 5s free)
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.
- 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+
£2 per child
- 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
£4 per child
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.
£5 per person
- 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!
£4 per child
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.
£5 per person
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.
- Any age
£5 per person
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.
£3 per person, BHS members free
Spiceball Park Rd