Vale and Downland Museum
Museum, coffee shop and art galleries
The Administrator
OX12 8BL
01235 771447

The Vale and Downland Museum is situated in the bustling market town of Wantage (Oxfordshire, UK) and has lots to offer for a fun, interactive family day out.
Nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership, the Vale and Downland Museum attracts about 53,000 visitors per year. Offering galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse, an Artist/Craft Exhibition space a Visitor Information hub, Gift Shop and a excellent Cafe offering delicious homemade fare. Throughout the school holidays you can find a variety of ‘family friendly’ activities taking place, along with artists exhibitions, weekly classes and courses (Needlework,drawing, book groups etc) taking place throughout the year. For details of current activities visit


Normal Opening Times

9.30 am – 4 pm – Monday to Saturday

(galleries open 10.00am)

The museum is closed on Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Special events & pre-booked group/school visits can be arranged outside these hours.

(Wantage visitor information, museum café and shop are all accessible during our normal opening hours).

Museum Admission

Entry to the museum is free, but we welcome your donations. The Vale and Downland Museum is a registered charity which relies on donations to keep its doors open.

Finding Us

Vale & Downland Museum

Church Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL (01235 771447)

(Signposts directing you to the museum can be found as you approach the town via the A417 and also the A338).

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