Oxford Bus and Morris Motors Museums
At the Oxford Bus Museum we're dedicated to telling the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Our exhibits include many historic preserved buses, coaches, horse-drawn vehicles, a wide selection of artefacts (bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters, staff uniforms) and
lots of fantastic photos illustrating our diverse public transport history.
Since 2004 we've also been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story of how these classic British cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley, in the city. Our impressive collection of vintage Morris vehicles represents those produced during William Morris's life.
The link between William Morris founder of Morris Motors (who later became Lord Nuffield) and buses in Oxford can be traced to 1913 when he and a partner started the first motorbus service in the city. 2013 was a significant year for us. A double centenary celebration - 100 years of motorbuses in the city of Oxford and 100 years of car manufacture in Cowley.
The Morris Motors Museum traces the development of the Nuffield empire, founded by William Morris (who became Lord Nuffield) which grew from humble beginnings in a bicycle workshop to become one of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. One of his bicycles is on display, together with many examples of Morris cars.
Displays illustrate the part played by the Cowley plant in the development of Oxford between the two world wars and its part in the daily lives of its citizens, in particular the Morris workforce.