The Old Chapel Museum is the oldest museum collection in the English-speaking world, dating back to 1609. The Collections focus on religious history and come from all over the world, reflecting the fact that the College has long been a global community.

Objects on display include:

  • First Folio of Shakespeare
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Prayer books belonging to Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth of York
  • Natural History Collection
  • Historic Church Vestments
  • Manuscripts written by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The museum will be open to members of the public on limited dates throughout the academic year. 


2019 Dates:

Wednesday 19th December


2020 Dates:

Wednesday 8th April

Wednesday 15th July

Wednesday 22nd July

Wednesday 29th July

Friday 31st July

Wednesday 5th August

Wednesday 12th August

Wednesday 19th August



  • Open between 10.00am and 3.00pm
  • £5.00 entry – No pre booking required
  • Café facilities are not available on museum open days.

To Book

No pre booking required for Museum Open Days. Please follow signs to the main College Reception to visit the Old Chapel Museum.

Please note that due to the nature of a Grade I listed building, no disabled access is provided and the tour route incorporates access to different levels using stairs. Limited seating available.