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.

Brick Wonders

  • 16 September — 18 November 2017 *on now

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.

Please note: the museum is closed on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £2.00 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.
Anni Byard

Archaeological Finds Surgery

  • 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.




Story Bash

Story Bash 2017

  • 11 November 2017 10am-5pm

Story Bash is back! Saturday 11 November 2017, 10am – 5pm. Story Bash day is our biggest event of the year! It is a simply brilliant day celebrating the wonderful stories of Banbury and bringing the museum collections to life.

All Story Bash activities are FREE! Donations very welcome. Please note admission charges still apply for entry into our Special Exhibition ‘Brick Wonders’.

Come to Story Bash and…

Join in the excitement of Colonel Robert Hammond’s, Regiment of Foote, Cittie of London Brigade of The Sealed Knot, just as noisy as always with lots of English Civil War displays for curious minds.
Meet the super talented Alison with a colourful array of face painting patterns and ideas – stunning!
Get messy with brilliant craft activities including messy paint and creative craft.
Relax in the Reminiscence sitting room – snuggle down to listen to the memories of ‘Times Gone By’ from local Banbury residents.
Celebrate and cheer the winners of the ‘Banbury Buildathon’ school LEGO® competition (Kindly Sponsored by The Hawkins Group).
Explore the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust Nature Corner. Come and meet some creatures and uncover stories about Banbury’s wildlife.
Discover the history of Tooley’s Boatyard through short tours, forging and belt room demonstrations.
Rock out to the sounds of the Banbury Rock Choir.
Settle down in Café Red with your Special Story Bash 15% discount and free tasty treat for every child.
What a day it will be – come and join us…

Suitable for

  • Any age


All Story Bash activities are FREE! Donations very welcome. Please note admission charges still apply for entry into our Special Exhibition ‘Brick Wonders’.


Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Rd
OX16 2PQ




01295 753752

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