The Oxfordshire Museum
The museum is situated in an 18th century house in the heart of Woodstock.
There is a surprise around every corner of the Oxfordshire Museum. Explore the modern purpose-built Garden Gallery that hosts our changing exhibitions. Relax with a drink and slice of cake from the café in the airy, glazed extension, or sit outdoors and enjoy views across the large garden. Take your time browsing gifts in the shop and reception spaces.
The interactive dinosaur gallery, and garden with its dinosaur footprints and life-size Megalosaurus hidden amongst Jurassic plants, is particularly popular with visiting families. The history and archaeology galleries tell the stories of the people who have lived in the County in the past.
Easter weekend opening hours
- 7 April Bank holiday Good Friday 2pm-5pm
- 8 April Saturday 10-5pm
- 9 April Easter Sunday closed
- 10 April Bank Holiday Monday 2pm-5pm
|Tuesday||10am - 5pm|
|Wednesday||10am - 5pm|
|Thursday||10am - 5pm|
|Friday||10am - 5pm|
|Saturday||10am - 5pm|
|Sunday||2 - 5pm|
Last admission 4.45pm.
More about the museum
Museum garden cafe
The museum café serves sandwiches and light lunches, including hot soups, filled, baked potatoes, and a variety of ‘toasties’ all deliciously warming on a cold winter’s day. Indulge yourself from our wide variety of cakes, scones, and other treats, accompanied by hot chocolate, freshly ground coffee, or a selection of teas.
Our children’s treats include Dino lunch boxes and our ever-popular dinosaur biscuits, hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows (everyone’s favourite), babycinos, and freshly baked chocolate cookies.
We have plenty of seating both indoors in our well-ventilated café and in the Museum’s extensive garden
Reception and museum gift shop
The Museum shop is overflowing with activity books, and gifts for children, whether they want to hatch their own dinosaur or discover more about skeletons. There’s plenty to choose from.
For adults, we have a range of stationery, homewares, and books at bargain prices.
We would prefer if you paid by card, but we do take cash. Your cash is also very welcome in our donation boxes or you can use your card to make a donation at Reception.
There is always something to delight from the carpet of early spring bulbs around the ancient chestnut tree to the perfume of the early summer roses and lilies, or the crunch of the autumn leaves. Enjoy the café produce whilst admiring the garden from the vantage point of a table on the decking or picnic on the lower lawn. The garden also provides a striking setting for wedding photographs, please contact us for more information.
In the garden meet our life-size megalosaur, explore our Jurassic-era plants and see the 168 million-year-old dinosaur footprints excavated from Ardley Quarry in Oxfordshire.
Woodstock Library is located on the ground floor of the museum. The library is open for browsing, borrowing and returning books. Library opening hours are the same as the museum
More information about Woodstock Library.
The Learning Centre currently has two computers providing open access to the internet. Scanning and printing facilities are also available. Printing charges are available on application at the Museum Reception. The centre also holds reference copies of local and family history material and other current local information.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is located on the same site as the Oxfordshire Museum. Discover stories of Oxfordshire's county and conflict at home and abroad, experience new and exciting ideas through a changing exhibition and lecture programme. For further information
Coach House Education Centre
The education centre can cater for meetings, conferences, functions, school workshops, children's and family holiday events, and adult learning classes. It can seat up to 60 (lecture-style) and can also be hired for meetings and other functions.
Please contact us for more information.
- By car: via A44 Oxford to Evesham. Free public car park located in Hensington Road and limited free street parking.
- By bus: S3 and S7 from Oxford city centre. 233 from Witney, which also stops at Long Hanborough train station
Making an entrance – unseen treasures
Saturday 1 Apr 2023, 10.00am - Sunday 3 Sep 2023, 5.00pm
Colour, craft and make
Tuesday 4 Apr 2023, 10.30am - 12.00pm
Down the rabbit hole
Tuesday 4 Apr 2023, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Sow and grow
Wednesday 5 Apr 2023, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Peter Rabbit’s easter garden
Thursday 6 Apr 2023, 2.00pm - 4.00pm