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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 always popular with visiting families. History and archaeology galleries tell the stories of the people who have lived in the County in the past. The Museum is spread across three floors, the upper floors are accessed via stairs with a platform lift. The ground floor has two levels and a platform lift and external ramp are available for this step.

Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 2 - 5pm

Free admission. Last admission 4.45pm.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Friday 22 December Normal 10am - 5pm
Saturday 23 December Normal 10am - 5pm
Sunday 24 December Closed
Monday 25 December Bank holiday Closed
Tuesday 26 December Bank holiday Closed
Wednesday 27 December Normal 10am - 5pm
Thursday 28 Thursday Normal 10am - 5pm
Friday 29 December Normal 10am - 5pm
Saturday 30 December Normal 10am - 5pm
Sunday 31 December Closed
Monday 1 January Bank holiday Closed

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

Museum gift shop

The Museum shop is overflowing with books and gifts, with something for everyone. For children, whether they want to hatch their own dinosaur or discover more about the Romans, there’s plenty to choose from. For adults, we have a delightful range of books, greeting cards, gifts and homewares, including many products from local artists and suppliers.

We accept card and cash payments for shop items and to make donations.

Museum garden

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.

Dinosaur garden

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

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.

Learning Centre

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.

Toilets and baby changing facilities

The Museum and Library have a full range of fully accessible public toilets available. All are within the garden gallery, a single storey building located in the garden. It is accessed via a stone flagged pathway, that includes a long gently inclining ramp. The toilets are kept unlocked and do not require staff support to access.

Getting here

  • By car: via A44 Oxford to Evesham. Free public car park located in Hensington Road and limited pay and display in front of the Museum.. 
  • By bus: S3 and S7 from Oxford city centre. S7 from Witney, which also stops at Long Hanborough train station.

Address

Fletcher's House
Park Street
Woodstock
OX20 1SN

Contact us

01865 897519

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