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The Oxfordshire Museum galleries

Our permanent free galleries tell the story of Oxfordshire.

The Anglo-Saxons in Oxfordshire

The Watlington Hoard is a significant archaeological find. View rare coins, silver ingots, arm rings and other objects buried by Viking raiders around 870 as they fled the area.

With Pagan burials, Viking treasure and the craftsmanship of master sword makers this exhibition explores the stories, life and battles of Oxfordshire’s Anglo-Saxons.

From a revered elder buried with treasure to the food they ate and clothes they wore, Anglo-Saxons in Oxfordshire will tell the story of Oxfordshire’s role in the creation of England.

Victorian Oxfordshire

Features include:

  • more than 100 artefacts from our county collection
  • full-sized model of Queen Victoria
  • story of Victorian Oxfordshire
  • Victorian homes and family life, schools and and religion
  • the Great Exhibition
  • sanitary developments with the flushing toilet

See education.

Introducing Oxfordshire

  • Items representing  500,000 years of human history and natural history of Oxfordshire
  • carnival costume
  • amazing 3D display

Dinosaur gallery

Features include:

  • a range of dinosaur activities including 'feed the dinosaurs'
  • dressing up
  • dinosaur fossils, facts and quiz
  • dinosaur DVD
  • an electronic moving eye

Woodlands

  • A taste of the social, economic and natural history of the county’s woodlands
  • woodlands artefacts
  • Lucy Casson sculptures made from recycled metal containers

Changing Countryside

Did you know that the Oxfordshire countryside has changed more in the past 70 years than in the previous seven centuries?

  • A thought-provoking look at the rapid changes that have occurred in farming, transport and rural development since 1945
  • some of the unexpected effects that have become apparent on wildlife and climate
  • touch the beautiful articulated wooden fish by Jeff Soan. The technique which he has used since 1987, produces sinuous and lifelike movement.

Roman gallery

  • This gallery illustrates objects recovered by archaeologists which help us to build a picture of Roman Oxfordshire.
  • Skeleton found at Abingdon buried in a lead coffin
  • This gallery also displays the 18th Century Stonesfield embroidery -  our largest exhibit relating to Roman Oxfordshire

Picture Gallery

  • Oxfordshire People - paintings from the museum's collection.

Innovation

  • For centuries, Oxfordshire was a rural county and the city of Oxford was associated with dreaming spires rather than dynamic development.
  • See how city and county changed giving with an astonishing range of innovative ideas and technology. Discover more in this interactive gallery.

The County Collection

  • In this gallery we explore what the museum service collects and why, where the objects came from and what happens to them once they have been collected.
  • Displaying a collection that represents the natural and human life of the county including things made in or used by the county.

Pictures from of some of the galleries

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Last reviewed
06 June 2017
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