Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

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Those who know it best call Oxford University Museum of Natural History the world’s “Cathedral to Science.” From the most complete remains of the extinct dodo to exacting replicas of early humans, the museum works to share the best examples of geology, mineralogy, zoology, and entomology—or rocks, minerals, animals, and bugs to the thousands, especially children, who visit. The building itself is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture and is the site of the famous first demonstration of the wireless telegraph in 1894. Have a natural object you can’t quite identify? Bring it along and ask one of the many on-hand curators to help solve the mystery. Make Oxford University Museum of Natural History a part of your Oxford vacation plans using our Oxford online journey maker.
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  • The museum is housed in a very beautiful building with classical architecture. The museum has several dinosaur skeletons on display. Amongst 'touchable' displays are a dinosaur bone fossil, a...  more »
  • We were going to visit the Natural History Museum in Oxford. We are a group of around 12 and they said the museum was open to the public, so we assumed we would be allowed into the museum to look at.....  more »
  • we were turned away at the door as the women told us we had to book. she was very cross with us even though we did nothing wrong. she was only doing her job but she was very cross. she said it was...  more »
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  • Looked around with some colleagues who are visiting from China, well laid out, busy but still enough room for us to stand at exhibits. Next visit I will do more advanced planning and try and find guides in my guests language. Thank you from us all for an amazing hour spent on a sunny day
  • Fabulous museum for young and old! My 5.5 yr old and 22month old both absolutely loved it and were very excited to be able to touch and interact with lots of exhibits. Lots to see and most cases low enough for even the smallest visitors to see. Especially good for any little dinosaur lovers! Daddy enjoyed the Pitt Rivers Museum in the same building but the smalls were not that keen. Probably better for 7+. Well worth a visit and a bargain at a suggested donation of £5!
  • Stunning Museum. A beautiful building, many interesting exhibitions. Great place for little explorers. The huge skeletons of dinosaurs aroused admiration in my four-year-old son. In here was like in heaven for him.
  • A lovely drive from London and absolutely fantastic. Loved the statues of great scientists and figures adorned around the museum. Children can also get hands on with some animals such as bears and foxes. Don't worry they won't bite! A wealth of knowledge and experience. They have small chairs that you can use to carry around the museum and sit wherever you need to. Absolutely free and brilliant for disabled guests. The staff are attentive, extremely friendly and welcoming. It was so wonderful I have been there twice since and not bored of it. Excellent for children of all ages and adults alike.
  • Delighted at how much there is here. It's wonderfully laid out and there's trail sheets for different aged children to help them be interested in going round the whole place. There's a small but nice cafe too and the building itself is spectacular.

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