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Vale and Downland Museum
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Established 1958; 63 years ago (1958)
Location Wantage, Oxfordshire, England
Type Museum of Local Culture and History
Visitors 53,000
Public transit access S8 & S9 buses from Oxford and Abingdon
32A & X32 buses from Didcot

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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