The Oxfordshire Museum
The museum is situated in an 18th century house in the heart of Woodstock.
The museum is situated in an 18th century house in the heart of Woodstock, with a purpose-built gallery hosting changing exhibitions. Modern extensions house reception, shop, and café with in and outdoor seating providing views across the large and well-stocked garden.
Following the lifting of COVID restrictions we have gradually reintroduced the facilities withdrawn during the pandemic, including gallery interactives and children’s trails. We have recently re-opened the Dinosaur Gallery and the Learning Centre will be open from 10 August.
To ensure that the Museum continues to be a safe place for you to visit and for our staff and volunteers, we ask all visitors to continue to observe the HANDS FACE SPACE rules on the site. For everyone’s safety, we advise visitors to wear a face covering when indoors and use the hand sanitizers provided. Our test and trace QR code is displayed in reception and we encourage you to use this or the paper recording system when you visit.
|Tuesday||10am - 5pm|
|Wednesday||10am - 5pm|
|Thursday||10am - 5pm|
|Friday||10am - 5pm|
|Saturday||10am - 5pm|
|Sunday||2pm - 5pm|
Last admission 4.45pm. The museum is closed for the annual street fair on Tuesday 5 October.
Accessibility and access
- The Garden Gallery
- Introducing Oxfordshire Gallery
- Victorian Gallery
- Woodland and Countryside Galleries
- Dinosaur Gallery
- Woodstock Gallery
- The Garden Cafe
- The gift shop
- Accessible toilet
The public areas of the museum are fully accessible to non-motorised wheelchair users. Access to the upper floors is via platform lifts which staff operate on behalf of our visitors as required. Contact us if you have any specific needs.
We regret that the upper floors of the museum are only accessible to pushchairs if they are carried upstairs.
Our toilets are open, but we ask visitors using them to observe social distancing. The public toilets around the corner in Brown’s Lane are also open.
More about the museum
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
Museum garden cafe
The museum café serves sandwiches and light lunches, and offers a selection of delicious cakes, scones, and other treats. We have plenty of seating both indoors and in the Museum’s extensive garden.
Reception and museum gift shop
The shop has new stock, including an excellent range of gifts and greetings cards. We would prefer it if you paid by card, but we are taking cash again from 20 July. Your cash is 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 is also provides a striking setting for wedding photographs, please contact us for more information.
Dinosaur garden and interactive dinosaur gallery
In the garden meet our life-size megalosaur - as big as a bus. You can also:
- explore our new garden with its Jurassic plants
- see the 168 million-year-old dinosaur footprints excavated from Ardley Quarry in Oxfordshire
- follow dinosaur activity trails
Re-opens 27 July, but numbers will be limited, so you may have to wait a little while before you can feed the dinosaurs.
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) under normal circumstances, and can also be hired for meetings and other functions.
Please contact us for more 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 visit:
Skeleton Science runs to 12 September
- By car: via A44 Oxford to Evesham. Free public car park located in Hensington Road and limited free street parking.
- By bus: S3 from Oxford city centre. 242 from Witney. www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Tel: 01865 897519