Our Museum opened in 2002. The Museum’s origin stretches back to the 1940s, when a collection of historic exhibits were displayed in the town’s library in Marlborough Rd. In 1980, the collection was moved to 8 Horsefair, overlooking Banbury Cross. This historic building, originally built for Banbury’s Poor Law Guardians, provided a home for the Museum until 1999.
A town centre redevelopment at Castle Quay provided the opportunity to build a new museum, purposed designed, with more space for displays and activities, in a great canal-side location. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the community, the new Museum, designed by ECD Architects of London, opened in September 2002.
From the 1940s until 2013, the museums in Banbury have been provided by the Local Authority. An exciting new chapter opened in November 2013, when a new charity, The Banbury Museum Trust, took full responsibility for the Museum. A new period of development has begun.
Galleries: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Museum Shop: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.45am – 5.15pm,
Wednesday 10am – 5.15pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Visitor information is available in the museum shop.
Cafe Red: Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30pm
Banbury Museum is open Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4.30pm, but closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Tel 01295 753752
Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2PQ