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University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It is a curious Museum, you can see the animals dissected from very close, although they may not touch. The building itself is beautiful. You can walk from the Center.
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  • Loads to see but especially the dinosaurs for my other half (big kid!). Must see the sun, earth and moon scale model upstairs. Makes you realiset how small we all are! 
  • This has the advantage of being also the way into the Pitt Rivers Museum of weird & wonderful artefacts from all over the world. The Natural History museum is light, spacious and full of thoughtfully-...  more »
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  • Great museum lots to do and see for all ages. Our three and a half year old also enjoyed the dinosaurs. Great selection of sandwiches, cakes and coffees. Entrance is free so save your money for the cafe which is relatively expensive. There is also the Pitt Rivers museum at the back which is also great.
  • Spend a few hours here with my son (5 year old) - he loved it! This is two museums in one too! Not only the Natural history but also the Pitt Rivers Museum - located at the rear of the the main hall. We did some of the activity sheets - trails - my son loved it and he got a Sticker to wear as badge of honor for completing them. The trail in the Pitt Rivers part you can hire a touch (£2 - fully refundable on return of touch) to help look for hidden wooden mice in the display cabinets (clues and rough locations provided on sheet). TIPS: The main hall is glassed roofed so will get warm in there on sunny days - can use the Pitt Rivers part to cool down :) There is a cafe on the 1st floor too.
  • Possibly my favourite museum in Oxford. Not only natural history (dinosaurs!!) but also includes the Pitt Rivers Museum, which is sort of a museum to Victorian museums. Incredibly eclectic, packed cabinets of all sorts of weird and wonderful things. The Natural History Museum itself is like a Victorian train station: glass and ironwork pillars and stone columns. Lots of amazing exhibits, and often guest exhibitions. All free. Nice but overpriced cafe upstairs as well.
  • Mom review: They have an entrance for prams. They also have a changing table, in the disabled toilet. I didn't breastfeed, but I think it would be fine to do so in the museum. There are chairs available. There is a cafe, but I felt it could be more comfortable. The tables and chairs are small.
  • Lovely museum with a lot of well thought out features. We visited in the summer holidays with our one and a half year old and was very impressed with the provision made. A buggy park was on place so we were free to explore with out it (a feature just for the holidays I belive!). The displays are wonderful. My wife, a science teacher, found them enlightening while my son loved the dinosaurs and animals, especially the few that were hands on! This is definitely a museum for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to returning to it