Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your visit to Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Oxford holiday planner.
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  • Fun for everyone, interactive exhibits for kids, lots of fossils so dad felt at home. Educational, interesting and free!  more »
  • Superb Museum, free of course and very interesting. Games are available for children and a free guide is provided at the entrance.
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  • Just like a mini version of the London Natural History Museum, only ten times better. Beautiful building. Fantastic displays packed with fascinating items. Signs that say 'Touch', rather than Do Not T...  more »
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  • Awesome museum. Free entrance. Many cool stuffed animals, dinosaurs and rocks. Absolutely loved this place. My kids were also highly entertained (3 & 6 years old). The younger one especially liked the things you were allowed to touch.
  • Great museum with lots of stuffed animals and dinosaur bones. Great free place with a great cafe. Sitting upstairs on the balcony enjoying a snack and coffee with views of the exhibits below
  • Beautiful (and free), packed with many interesting items. The additional benefit was its attachment to the Pitt Rivers museum; like stepping back in time to the way museums once were but still as interesting.
  • This is one of the best natural history museum I have visited. It has a tidy collection of fossils and replicas where you can touch and feel some of them! Plus, Pitt River Museum is right here too. With hundreds and thousands of collections of "solutions" to everyday problem from various cultures and society through the years. A very eye-opening collections. Highly recommended visit for museums enthusiasts :)
  • Fantastic museum with a vast range of well curated exhibits on Natural History illustrating the enormous diversity of life on earth. The entomology collections on the upper gallery are particularly fascinating. The building itself is also a beautiful example of Victorian gothic architecture.