Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

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Natural History Museum Museum
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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  • The museum itself is excellent, with lots of interesting displays including a number that were interactive. My family and I had not expected to see so much on display and our only regret is that we di...  more »
  • Well worth a visit if in Oxford. Great displays and very inviting space. Free entry and great for the kids. Educational and playful. Really loved this museum.  more »
  • Good exhibits, and very relaxed environment. Would visit again to spend more time here. The coffee shop upstairs however spoils the show a bit.  more »
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  • I'm not a fan of natural science museums, but decided to give it a try because it is free. I spent in here more than 2 hours and I didn't even notice! Everything is well explained and, most importantly, kept simple. There are also a lot of children having fun.
  • 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.
  • Really like it. Excellent exhibition. So many art items in one place. Just great. If you are visiting Oxford you 100 percent should add it into your travel plans!
  • It is awesome place for adults and kids as well. You can learn as much as you want, or just enjoy every single piece of the exhibition. And the top of that the building is breathtaking. It is an architectural masterpiece.
  • A real gem of a museum and a must see in Oxford. The architecture is lovely and the exhibits are beautifully displayed. They have selections of dinosaur bones, modern animal skeletons, insects, birds and a nice display of the "Oxford Dodo". Also make sure you go to the back of the museum to see the Pitt Rivers collection - a huge and mind-blowing array of ethnographic artefacts from around the world. The shrunken heads are a "must see"!