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University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
Those who know it best call 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 University Museum of Natural History and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Oxford holiday planner.
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Excellent exhibits, well worth walking round, not as big as the National in London but certainly up there with it!
Absolutely full of interesting displays and information to suit all tastes and ages from dinosaurs to geology and easy enough to get round and still have time to visit Pitt Rivers next door.
Great family museum dedicated to natural history, but with another museum at the back based on anthropology which is equally good. They have many special events, so check their website. Museum is free... read more »
One of the best museums I ever been at. I've learned a lot new stuff and saw amazing things. Definitely will visit again
I loved this place. I truly loved it. What the 3 star review you ask? CHILDREN. Children allowed to scream and shout constantly. No one person seemed to be able to tell them to be quiet. Such a shame that their parents/guardians or even staff seemed disinterested.
Nhu Ngoc Nguyen
Great collections for natural history lovers: dinosaurs, minerals (and fluorescent minerals as well), insects, rocks from the space, the earth, the fire, the water.... Some rocks are touchable, which was an an amazing experience. I enjoyed touching the 3.6 billion years old one. The Pitt Rivers Museum is inside the building. Your children must love this place.
In Oxford, parking is expensive, but museums are free (contributions welcome) - and this is our favourite! Plenty to see, including hands-on exhibits for the younger visitors. Also home to the Pitt Rivers collection which is incredible.
Absolutely stunning museum, that like their slogan says, it's "More Than a Dodo." Lots of little treasures to see and explore through. Great place to take kids and adults with hungry minds!
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