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.
Marvellous Machines

Marvellous Machines

  • 24 March — 9 June 2018

An exhibition for all ages that combines curious and quirky gadgets and contraptions from the days before electronics, with modern automata, and all with more than a hint of Steampunk. The automata-mechanical sculptures with clever mechanisms and often humorous ideas – are on tour from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre whose exhibits have recently been enjoyed in China, Korea and the USA. Prepare to get involved as some of these machines need you to get hands-on.

The original gadgets, eccentric inventions and oddities created by Victorian and early 20th century inventors, are from the collection of Maurice Collins.

They include the nose shaper, clockwork burglar alarms, an entirely mechanical teasmade from 1902 (where an alarm clock set off a series of cogs and lit a matchstick to warm the kettle!), and a wrist-mounted 1920s predecessor of Satnav!

Featuring exhibits from the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.

Please note, the museum is closed on Sundays. Please check the museum website or Facebook page before travelling, to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets available on the day from the museum shop: £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.
Horse sculpture

Curators Talk

  • 24 March 2018 2:30-3:15pm

Uncover the stories and historical importance of Banbury Museum’s permanent collection in this illuminating tour led by our museum director – Simon Townsend.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.50 per person


Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Rd
OX16 2PQ




01295 753752

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