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, Gallery

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

( There is a charge for entry to temporary exhibitions )

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.
Ironstone Art Prize 2018

Ironstone Art Prize 2018

  • 3 February — 10 March 2018

Art exhibition and competition, showcasing the best artwork by artists in the region.

All artists within a 20-mile radius of Banbury are invited to enter work (which may include photography, sculpture and other media). Competition is likely to be intense, with the best entries selected for exhibiting by a panel of five independent judges. The artist with the best artwork on show will lift the Ironstone Art Prize trophy.

The competition has prizes totalling £1,000 to compete for, including £750 for the overall Ironstone Art Prize winner. The Ironstone Under 25s winner will receive £150 and there will be a People’s Prize (£100) sponsored by The Artery, Banbury’s leading supplier of fine art materials. All work being entered will need to be brought to the museum on entry day, 24 January

Artists: please see the website for terms & conditions and the entry form.

The Ironstone Art Prize Judging Panel 2018 are:
Professor Steven Parissien
Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Finlay Taylor
Senior Tutor in Fine Art Print, Royal College of Art
Jessica Litherland
Visual Arts Producer, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
Jonathan Cooper
Managing Director of Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
Ray Spence
Fine Art Photographer, lecturer and author

Please check the website before travelling. The museum is closed on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission to Exhibition
(a fee applies to submit work to the competition )


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

  • 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.




Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Rd
OX16 2PQ




01295 753752

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