Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage

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The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. A Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman are amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving home-made food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'.

The museum also acts as a community hub, holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is housed in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town. It has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.
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  • This was a fantastic experience and an unexpected find. It works on donations for the visit and we felt it was more than worth the money requested. There is lots to see and learn about and everything....  more »
  • Pleasant welcome and a cup of coffee before enjoying an hour looking at the well organised displays.  more »
  • Had a great time. Favourites were the F1 car, the microscope and the kitchen range in the Victorian kitchen. Nice cafe, too.
  • Always a great place for an outing with children. I have visited so many times in the last 15 years with family. It may even be 50 times! It is really interesting, but it does need a little variety as the exhibitions are quite static. The artists exhibitions change, but the main exhibits don't. Very much the same as when John Lange curated in 1999/2000 ish

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