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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  • Excellent place to visit with family, friends... I took my students. It's such a treat and what's more, is the fact that it's free! You can not get better than that in Oxford!  more »
  • The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a 10 minute attractive walk from the City Centre and is a very striking building outside, as you can see from the pictures. The green out side is a p...  more »
  • My 2.5yr old is mad on dinosaurs she was absolutely thrilled with the museum. It's the perfect size for a little one it's also not stuffy and silent. There is a lovely family atmosphere so we felt com...  more »
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  • Lovely museum with friendly knowledgeable staff, my 6 year old loved learning all about taxidermy and hasn't stopped talking about the dinosaur skeletons. So much to see here and so much information - I will return again and again. The adjoining Pitt Rivers museum is amazing and full of really fascinating stuff. My only downside is that my 3 year old struggled to see inside the cabinets upstairs so there was lots of lifting and carrying around.
  • Definitely the best museum I ever been to -could not cover it all in one day so came here twice...Its free of charge and it is great for both adults and kids.
  • Great place to visit. Too much to see in one day. Definitely be back soon ;-)
  • Very interesting natural history exhibits, with a range of dinosaur skeletons! Currently there is also a neuroscience exhibit which is very enjoyable
  • This place is brilliant. There is something to see for everyone and there is so much to do. Very impressed. Absolutely worth the visit.

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