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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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Well Organized, and Well Displayed - Focus on Evolution

As you would expect in Oxford, this is a world class museum with emphasis on the role of evolution... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Very interesting place, very good for child

The museum collections are divided into three sections: Earth Collections (Palaeontological... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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The Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of geological and zoological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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Reviewed yesterday

As you would expect in Oxford, this is a world class museum with emphasis on the role of evolution. The display cases, skeletons, and various exhibits are organized along the development timeline of the planet Earth. From the beginning of the planet through modern man,...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum collections are divided into three sections: Earth Collections (Palaeontological collections and the mineral and rock collections), Life Collections (zoological and entomological collections) and the Archive Collections. Special activities for children available.

Thank GiovanniCasula
Reviewed 5 days ago

A marvelous collection of natural history articles under one roof & 2 stories tall. Especially loved the dinosaur bones and the building's architectur (beautiful skylight that completely covered the room - absolutely gorgeous).

Thank shenier
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is wonderful and the staff very helpful. You can get there via the Hop-on and Hop-off bus.

Thank fuz13
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very well laid out with many, many exhibits. Needed more time than we had to fully enjoy the collections. Good insight to the changing views of anthropology and how our sciences have developed.

Thank philgable
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being students free things are a must and this is something you should see if you're visiting oxford on a budget. It's better than average so if there was an option to say "good" I would choose that. The museum holds some interesting things in...More

Thank Georgie914
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went into this museum thinking it was the pit rivers museum.the signage was poor at the entrance. The attendAnt agreed with me. The Pitt rivers was through this museum . Don't,bother with either.

Thank Jacqui E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful fossil collection. Very attractively laid out for children and yet plenty of information for adults and students seeking to increase their knowledge. Very friendly and extremely helpful staff.

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If its dinosaur skeletons that you are after ( or most other types of skeletons) this is the place for you. Everything is wonderfully Victorian - the building and the exhibits. Its free and well worth a look in.

Thank Happy_travellersHS
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great little trip. The building is utterly stunning - very modern, spacious and clean with a very pleasant atmosphere. The exhibits are well laid-out and packed with interesting factual information - the whole place feels as if you stumbled into your own...More

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5 May 2017|
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Response from TimandElsa | Reviewed this property |
Oxford is a very small town in reality despite being called a city. You can walk between all of the major attractions. In fact it's your only real choice as the town hates cars so you're forced to use a park and ride which... More
Ania B
7 November 2015|
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Response from Spencer V | Reviewed this property |
The museum is completely free; I visited on a Saturday with my 9 year old daughter and they had an activity on which was free to take part in as well. When she had finished her search my daughter also got a to select a... More
Nicky C
26 October 2015|
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Response from Public_Engagement | Property representative |
Hi Nicky. Sorry not to respond sooner - I have been on leave. But yes, the museum is a great place for a 9 and 11 year old. Plenty of specimens to see, some you can touch; two great big dinosaurs in the main court and a cafe... More