Set in the heart of Oxford, the Oxford Town Hall is both a historic Victorian building and a popular meeting, conference and wedding venue. Opened in 1897 by the Prince of Wales Edward VII, the town hall is also home to the Museum of Oxford, the only museum that tells the story of the town’s history. The museum opened in 1975 and, in 2012, a new interactive Explore Oxford exhibit opened to truly bring Oxford’s history to life. In the first part of the exhibit, visitors look around a Victorian era office to experience how the area evolved over 3,000 years.
In the second part, visitors can take a virtual bike ride around the city, learn about different characters from Oxford’s past and learn how industry, entertainment, work and invention have shaped the city as it is today. The Oxford Town Hall also hosts several regular events, including organ recitals, tea dances and dance classes.
The Oxford Town Hall is located on St. Aldate’s in the center of Oxford, a 10 minute walk from the train station. Opening times will vary depending on events taking place. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission to the museum is free and it is closed on bank holidays.