Vale and Downland Museum
Vale and Downland Museum
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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.
Closed on Bank Holidays and Sundays except for private bookings at £15 per hour.
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
except for occasional special events and private bookings
Entry to the main galleries is by Admission Ticket
Annual tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of issue
£2.50 adult annual
£2.00 adult concessionary annual
(state pensioners & registered disabled)
£1.00 young person annual
(ages 4 to 25 in fulltime education)
£7.00 family annual (2 adults and up to 5 children)
Pre-school children are free
Public car park (pay and display) by Civic Hall, 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.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
Heritage Open Days 2014: The Vale & Downland Museum
- 14 September 2014
Meet costumed interpreters from our education team who will bring the museum displays to life. Test your skills with a family gallery trail . Meet 'The Dolls' House' team who are working on an exciting project to recreate the life and times of the Victorian stately home once owned by Lord and Lady Wantage.
Find out more about local history or family history by talking to researcher, Trevor Hancock. There's also the chance to chat with members of Berkshire Family History Society. The society caters for family historians who live in Berkshire and the Vale of White Horse and for those researching Berkshire ancestors.
The museum coffee shop will be open for cream teas, home-made cakes and coffee.
Please check the museum website from the beginning of September onwards for further details.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.