Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

4.7
#3 of 13 in Museums in Oxford
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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  • We really enjoyed this place. Although it was smaller than the London Museum of Natural History, we enjoyed it a lot more. The exhibits were great, some live bugs, some taxidermied animals and some fo...  more »
  • It is not a great museum of natural History-the great cities of the world are much larger, but it is interesting and deserves a visit. Oxford is not exactly a tourist city, but going there by the university is worth visiting historical buildings and, why not?, the museum.
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  • Visited as part of a day in Oxford, Very impressive, Great displays extremely well explained, combined with Pitt Rivers musum in the same building it is really worth the effort  more »
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  • Excellent and great range of displays all in the one large space. 👍🏻 Plenty were hands on and interactive, encouraging engagement with the objects on display. 😃 Very informative. 🤔😊 Good cafe to take a break. ☕️ 🥪 Nice little gift shop as well. 🎁 Free entry, ✅ optional donation. 💷
  • Excellent range of displays all in the one large space. Plenty were hands on and interactive, encouraging engagement with the objects on display. Very informative. Good cafe to take a break between looking and fantastic that the Pitt Rivers museum is right there. Nice little gift shop as well. Free entry, optional donation.
  • I took a group of A level students and by arrangement managed to get a member of staff to give us extra insights. The displays are great including things you can touch! Children appear well provided for and the restaurant was busy with happy looking users. Well worth the time spent visiting.
  • Plenty to see here in this fascinating museum. You can easily spend a couple of hours in here and best of all it's free to enter with only a suggested donation. A great place to take kids who will enjoy the dinosaur exhibits, especially the footprint trail outside the museum!
  • My kids (2 and 4) always love to visit the dinosaurs here. Even better that there are things to touch! The last couple of trips we've spent about 15 minutes watching the live bees inside the enclosure- my 4 year old has become very environmentally aware and this has been perfect for her.
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