Vale and Downland Museum

Vale & Downland Museum with Sir John Betjeman Bust
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The Vale and Downland Museum and Visitor Centre
is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK. The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. It was runner up in Tourism South East's small visitor attraction awards for 2004. The range of services is very broad, ranging from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage Vale of the White Horse region, to a cafe with a delightful terrace and garden. It also acts as a springboard for residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside around Wantage.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 09.30-16.00
Closed on Bank Holidays and Sundays except for private bookings.

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
except for occasional special events and private bookings

Admission charges

Entry to the Museum is Free for all ages.
Donations welcomed

Additional info

Public car park at the Beacon (formally The Civic Hall) Free parking for 2 hours, about 5 minutes walk away. Buses from Oxford and other nearby towns and villages stop in the Market Place, about 3 minutes walk away. Museum is signed from car park and Market Place via finger-posts.
The Museum has another site, Lains Barn, at Ardington, just outside Wantage. This is used for functions, including civil weddings and receptions.

Archaeology, social history, interactive relief map of the hinterland, specially produced films on the area narrated by David Attenborough, Wantage Tramway exhibit, rural arts and crafts, tanning and cloth making exhibits, agricultural machinery, Dean Butler and the Oxford Movement, Williams F1 racing car, discovery gallery for children.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

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.
Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

  • 22 November 2016 — 7 January 2017 *on now

A wide selection of items produced by local artists, perfect unique gifts at affordable prices.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Vale and Downland Museum
The Old Surgery
Church Street
Wantage
Oxfordshire
OX12 8BL
England

Website

www.wantage-museum.com

E-mail

General Queries

vdmtourism@gmail.com

Tourist Information

tourism@wantage-museum.com

Curator

vdmcurator@gmail.com

Business & Faciillities Manager

vale.downland@gmail.com

Telephone

General enquiries and administration

01235 771447

Tourist information

01235 760176

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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