image for Museum item typeMuseum at Oxford University Press


The museum traces the history of Oxford University's involvement in printing and publishing from the fifteenth century to the present day. The exhibition shows the growth of OUP as a printer of academic literature, Bibles, and Prayer Books, and includes printing equipment from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Displays also deal with notable books: Clarendon's 'History of the Great Rebellion', the first edition of 'Alice in Wonderland', and the evolution of the 'Oxford English Dictionary'. Items from the last hundred years follow Oxford's development as a publisher, producing children's books, sheet music, English language teaching texts, and the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'. The Museum concludes with the Press's work since book printing ceased at its Oxford site in 1989, and visitors can explore the 'Oxford English Dictionary' and other key texts online.

Opening details

Open Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00


Free entry

Please book tour before all visits.

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Great Clarendon Street,

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