The covered entrance to Modern Art Oxford

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Modern Art Oxford


Showcasing stimulating temporary exhibitions in its bright white airy galleries, and graced with a spacious cafe and a good shop, this excellent museum is well worth anyone’s time. Check out the program of upcoming talks and workshops; there’s always something interesting going on.

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