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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Address: Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
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+44 1865 272950
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific...

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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Fascinating and the building is spectacular

The Museum of Natural History is really incredible. Lots to see and plenty to learn. The building itself is really something, sort of like a pavilion really. Even for just a quick... read more

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sallygb
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Museum of Natural History is really incredible. Lots to see and plenty to learn. The building itself is really something, sort of like a pavilion really. Even for just a quick stroll, well worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A quirky, unique, wonderful collection of natural specimens including dinosaur skeletons, in an eccentric Gothic building with cast iron columns and roof, the details of which reflect the natural world. This is a "must-see" in Oxford. Loved by children in particular, there are lots for them to see here, and the Museum runs activities, plus architectural tours.

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Southampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Another free entrance museum, beautifully made, lots of dinosaur skeletons, birds, bugs etc... my 4 yo enjoyed really every bits, especially the open bee hive where he could see the bees making the honey etc. Really a nice museum, would definitely recommend it to everyone!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The architecture here is worth the visit. The ceiling makes the whole place very light and bright. The have several different displays ranging from animals to minerals. Overall though it is fairly small and limited. Wouldn't plan to spend more than an hour here.

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Thank Noelle L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I could have spent hours in this wonderful old building. The exhibits are fascinating and well explained. From dinosaur skeletons to creepy crawlies and geology. Even the stone pillars holding up the roof have their own history. Going through to the back of the building, leads to the Pitt Rivers museum, an eclectic collection of the weird and wonderful. There... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing school trip. Helpful staff over the phone catering for all pupils needs. Staff greeted us and supplied large trunks to keep bags and lunches safe. Chris provided a workshop which was one of the highlights of the trip. Interactive and fun, interesting and informative. Amazing fossils, skeletons and dinosaurs, birds, bugs and all creatures on display to support learning... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Every time we visit the Natural History Museum is heaving with enthusiastic youngsters, exploring dinosaurs, fish, insects and much more. And behind the Natural History Museum is the Pitt Rivers collection of ethnological finds, from canoes to totem poles to weapons to jewelry. Below almost every case is a flat drawer to pull out to discover more exhibits. What could... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The grounds were immaculate and the building well maintained. The staff is polite and willing to inform and assist when needed. The ambiance is inspiring. Make this a must see

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Natural History museum has an impressive but understandably small collection. It is well worth a visit and we have gone multiple times. That said, I do wish they had more on offer for children. Although interesting, most of the exhibits at a bit academic to keep the interest of young children.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free of charge, where can you get something for nothing so please support and put something in their donations box. Lovely display of Dinosaurs but much more also to see.

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