Museums

There's a considerable amount of museums in the area, almost too many to list so we've shown below some of the most local ones together with the most memorable ones from the surrounding area. There are also museums in many of the stately homes estates and at other local attractions so do take a look at those pages on our site too.

Distance from farm: 3.8 miles

Bloxham Museum

Web: www.bloxhammuseum.com

Email: bloxham.museum@gmail.com

Tel: 07721 187183

situated next to St Mary’s Church Bloxham

Displays the  storey of the local pubs and shops and village life of Bloxham.

Distance from farm: 6.1 miles

Chipping Norton Museum

Web: www.chippingnortonmuseum.org.uk

Email: paulinewatkins58@icloud.com

Tel: 01608 641712

4 High Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5AD

Chippy museum houses a large collection of artefacts related to Chipping Norton and its activities. It’s situated in the hall above the Co-op, and has extensive archives which support the family history research developed by a member of the History Society. Illustrated talks take the listener into many interesting and odd corners of local history: from the crowded, flea-ridden lodging houses of Oxford to the grandeur of Ditchley Park and its owners.

Distance from farm: 7.6 miles

Banbury Museum

Web: www.banburymuseum.org

Email: enquiries@banburymuseum.org

Tel: 01295 753752

Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury OX16 2PQ

Banbury Museum is located in the centre of the town and is home to a permanent collection of The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costumes from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, it also holds an international temporary exhibitions programme, family fun events, talks, tours and fun for all.

Distance from farm: 12 Miles

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Web: www.sofo.org.uk

Email: museumdirector@sofo.org.uk

Tel: 01993 810210

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is a military museum in Woodstock on the edge of the Cotswolds. The £3.2 million museum was opened by the Princess Royal in 2014. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum offers it visitor an engaging and immersive experience through an ever  changing exhibition programme and also permanent galleries which include a recreated Great War trench, a mock up section of a Horsa Glider from D Day and Afghan Alley.

Distance from farm: 12 Miles

The Oxfordshire Museum

Web: TheOxfordMuseum

Tel: 01993 814106

Fletcher’s House, 14 Park St, Woodstock OX20 1SW

A large 18th century house in Woodstock provides a home for the County’s collections, it sits alongside the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. There are touring exhibitions, a stunning garden, Museum shop and cafe which complement the permanent displays.The museum is extensive with eleven galleries displaying art, archaeology, local and natural history.  You can explore the county’s innovative industries from nanotechnology to nuclear power and its past from the Jurassic to the Victorian period and beyond. There’s even a dinosaur garden for kids to enjoy.

Distance from farm: 13.5 miles

Coombe Mill

Web: www.combemill.co.uk

Email: bookings@combemill.org

Tel: 01993 35869

Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Long Hanborough OX29 8ET

A Grade II* listed building, Combe Mill was the original ‘power house’ of the old Blenheim Palace Estate, a Victorian steam- and water-powered sawmill now operates as a working museum. It offers visitors a fascinating insight into the work that went on behind the scenes of the Blenheim Estate over the past two centuries.

Distance from farm: 15 miles

Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motor Museum

Web: www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk

Email: info@oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk

Tel: 01993 883617

Railway Station,, Main Road, Long Hanborough, Woodstock OX29 8LA

Oxford Bus Museum tells the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Their exhibits include a historic preserved horse-drawn tram, motor buses, coaches plus a wide selection of artefacts  which includes bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters and staff uniforms. They have lots of great photos illustrating the diverse public transport history through the ages. Since 2004 it has also been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story of how these classic British cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley, Oxford.

Distance from farm: 16 miles

Witney Museum

Website: www.witneyhistory.org

Email: contact@witneyhistory.org

Gloucester Court Mews, 75 High St, Witney OX28 6JA

Witney Museum & Historical Society houses a permanent exhibition which shows the life and times of the area. It ranges from prehistory to early settlements, and the transition to a market town in medieval times, through the development of the blanket industry, the two World Wars and the growth of the modern town. They also have a changing programme of exhibitions by local artists and craft-workers upstairs in the Bartlett-Taylor Gallery, interspersed with historical displays of local interest

Distance from farm: 17.5 miles

Tolsey Museum

Web: www.tolseymuseumburford.org/

Tel: 01993 822178

126 High Street, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4QU

Recently  refurbished, the Tolsey Museum is housed in the early Tudor market building. The wide ranging collection illustrates Burford’s social and working culture and includes the town maces, seals and charters. It’s exhibits quaintly recall the trades that flourished there such as quarrying, bell-founding, rope-making, brewing, farming, leather-working and clarinet-making. Other highlights include a famous doll’s house, furnished in style of the Jane Austen period and a large photographic collection.

Distance from farm: 19.6 miles

Cotswold Motoring Museum

Web: www.cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

Email: museum@cotswoldmotormuseum.co.uk

Phone: 01451 821255

The Old Mill, Sherborne St, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY

Cotswold Motoring Museum represents a truly fascinating journey with our passion with cars and motorbikes. The museum almost overflows with classic and vintage cars, caravans, precarious looking motorcycles, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities, it is considered a genuinely captivating experience and great day out for all the family in Bourton on. It’s also home to “Brum” a car known from the kids T.V series of the same name.

Distance from farm: 19.8 miles

Oxford University Museum of Natural  History

Web: www.oum.ox.ac.uk

Email: info@oum.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 272 950

Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW

Founded in 1860, it was set up to be the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford. The Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. The building itself is a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture.  The Museum’s ever growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and the Dodo.

Distance from farm: 19.8 miles

Pit Rivers Museum

Web: www.prm.ox.ac.uk

Email prm@prm.ox.ac.uk

Tel:  01865 270927

South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP

One of Oxford’s most popular attractions, Pitt Rivers is famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world from all eras. The University of Oxford’s museum of anthropology and world archaeology, best known as Pitt Rivers was founded in 1884 after a gift to the university from general Pitt Rivers, it still retains a unique atmosphere with dense displays of artefacts, many in their original wooden display cabinets. A special feature of the Pitt Rivers Museum is that they are arranged according to the following typologies: musical instruments, masks, textiles,  weapon,  jewellery, and tools. The arrangement allows visitors to see how different challenges were solved in different eras. Shrunken heads to a huge totem pole keep all ages fascinated.

Distance from farm: 20 miles

Ashmoleum Museum

Web: www.ashmolean.org

Email: visitorexperience@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 278000

Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH

The Ashmolean is the world’s first university museum. The first building was erected in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. This world famous museum of art and archaeology has collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse and rich. They represent most of the world’s great civilisations. It has objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. It also has unarguably the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, incredible  Anglo-Saxon treasures, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world. Well worth a visit!

Distance from farm: 20.1 miles

Oxford Museum of the History of Science

Web: www.mhs.ox.ac.uk

Email: info@mhs.ox.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 277280

Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ

The museum houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building which was originally the Old Ashmolean museum. They are both a department of the University of Oxford and an active public museum which offers  a programme of family-friendly events, gallery tours, talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools. As well as their permanent displays, visitors to the Museum enjoy special exhibitions highlighting areas of the collection.

Distance from farm: 22 miles

Modern Art Oxford

Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk

Email: info@modernartoxford.org.uk

Tel: 01865 722733

30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP

Modern Art Oxford is a leading UK contemporary art space which has an international reputation for inspirational and innovative programmes. Their  aim is to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation. The museum aims to celebrate the relevance of contemporary visual culture to society today. Their agenda is shaped by the belief in dialogue between contemporary art and ideas, and they seek to create new relationships between artists and audiences.

Distance from farm: 22.1 miles

Museum of Oxford

Web:www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20033/museum_of_oxford

Email: museum@oxford.gov.uk

Tel: 01865 252334

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s,Oxford, OX1 1BX

An informative exhibits on the city’s past. Opened in 1975 it immediately intrigued locals and visitors alike with the story of how Oxford developed. It has a rich and diverse collection,  from Roman pottery to marmalade jars. It weaves the story of the city from the prehistoric to the modern day. It has two distinct spaces of the past and present. Visitors can have a look around a Victorian Office and see how the city has developed over the past 3000 years, you then step into the second space, where you  can take a virtual high-speed bike ride around the city. You can look and read about a variety of different characters from Oxford’s past and how industry, entertainment, work and invention have shaped the present day city. There is also a host of changing exhibitions in the gallery, it holds a variety of events ranging from live music to comedy in The Old Museum, family activities and fun throughout the year and an accessible and extensive community programme

Distance from farm: 25 miles

Mechanical Music Museum

Web: www.mechanicalmusic.co.uk

Email: sales@mechanicalmusic.co.uk

Tel: 01451 860181

High St, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3ET

The Mechanical Music Museum is a living museum of the extraordinary variety of self-playing musical instruments which were the pride and joy from yesteryear. All the instruments are maintained in the most perfect possible order in their world-famous workshops which are on the premises, and introduced and played by their well informed guides in the form of a live entertainment.

Distance from farm: 25.1 miles

Tudor World

Web: www.tudorworld.com

Email: thetudorworld1599@gmail.com

Tel: 01789 298070

40 Sheep St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EE

Tudor World is an independent award winning museum set within a Tudor property in the heart of Stratford upon Avon where you can experience Tudor life. It’s a family friendly museum with Shakespeare and ghost tours. Discover the secret life of the Tudors and find out what life was really like during Shakespeare’s time. You can take your place at an Elizabethan dining table, rest in a four-poster bed, sit on the throne or watch true tales of ‘the old beliefs’. From Tudor pubs to plague and poo. You can also experience how life was for the masses in the sixteenth century There are also night-time guided tours where you can listen for spirits by candlelight.

Distance from farm: 25.5 miles

The Mad Museum

Web: themadmuseum.co.uk

Email: info@themadmuseum.co.uk

Tel: 01789 269356

Above Lakeland, 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT

The MAD Museum has quirky attraction displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular; kinetic art and automata. The “MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design. Inspired by amongst others, Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,  mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to have an exaggerated purpose or made simply for the fun of it. The MAD Museum is the country’s only permanent venue for mechanical art. Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths as well as Art and Design.Combining inspirational imagination with clever and often witty design. Encouraging kids to put down their remote controls and be more hands-on!