The Story of Oxford
The essential starting point to discover the fascinating history of the City and University
The Museum of Oxford
The Museum of Oxford is dedicated to the history of Oxford and it's University.
The museum is located in the historic Town Hall, and the egtrance is off St Aldate's on the corner of Blue Boar Street. The museum tells the story of the city and Oxford University including: history, archaeology, architecture, environment. Displays include: Oxford's 1192 charter, period room settings, historic paintings.
The galleries look at the history of the City from Prehistoric times to the present day.
The lower galleries introduce the city's geology and natural history, and is followed by exhibits about the region's Prehistory, the Roman origins of the area and the Saxon and Medieval periods. Visitors can also enjoy an introductory film narrated by the Time Teams Tony Robinson.
This is followed by the more familliar story of the rise of the University, town and gown conflict and Oxford's role in the Reformation and Civil War. In the upper galleries visitors can see displays about Victorian Oxford, it's famous literary connections and the development of the modern town and car industry.
To discover more about Oxford's history download the Story of Oxford or take a virtual tour of the whole museum.
Visitors finish their tour of the museum in the exhibition gallery which displays between 4-6 special exhibitions throughout the year. Past exhibitions have included The Life and Times of JRR Tolkien, We'll Meet Again: Memories of the Home Front in Oxford 1939-45 and On Location (movies filmed in Oxford).Our Education Room also hosts a changing programme of exhibitions by local artists and community groups and displays exploring the local area.
For information about current and future special exhibitions check out our What's On section.