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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

#4 of 181 things to do in Oxford Features Animals
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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My 2.5yr old is mad on dinosaurs she was absolutely thrilled with the museum. It's the perfect size... read more

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My two youngest kids especially loved this place as they were able to complete an activity as they... read more

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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 via mobile

My 2.5yr old is mad on dinosaurs she was absolutely thrilled with the museum. It's the perfect size for a little one it's also not stuffy and silent. There is a lovely family atmosphere so we felt comfortable. The building is stunning and free entry...More

Thank Jobeejosie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My two youngest kids especially loved this place as they were able to complete an activity as they walked around. Me older lad helped them and overall they all found it both educational and inspiring.

Thank Lyfe80
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This museum is a fantastic place to take any child that likes dinosaurs. The museum is architecturally stunning, entry is free (although a donation is appreciated) and there is plenty to see and do. The Pitts River museum (which is connected to the natural history...More

Thank Corin76
Reviewed 3 days ago

Despite having lived in Oxford for 3 years, I never visited this museum. Now, with children, I did. What a place! First of all, it's free, second of all, it's fabulous: great exhibits, a wonderful space, not too big. Perfect for all ages. Highly recommended...More

Thank JackPudding
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Swung by here during a short visit to Oxford and not only are the displays fantastic by the architecture of the building is beautiful too. This museum comes eqipt with shops, café and toilets too and is within walking distance of the train station.

Thank HazelOnHoliday
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well balanced on all different topics always something for the children to participate and free to get in but please be kind enough to help the Museum out with any donations

Thank micksquash
Reviewed 5 days ago

So much to see, amazing specimens and samples, completely free - you can easily spend over 2/3 hours here absorbing it all. Loved the skeletons in paticular, very interesting.

Thank Natasha D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Being limited for time and mainly wanting to do the Pitt- Rivers first we only had about 45 mins so only skipped around the ground floor, nice and bright and airy plenty of interest for adults and kids and you are encouraged to touch some...More

Thank Eric B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We only had a short time to spend here, but thoroughly enjoyed it. On a smaller scale than the London version, but the exhibits were well laid out and there was much in the way of interesting information.

Thank Lisa467
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is honestly my favourite museum probably in the world. It is the perfect size, has loads of interesting displays, enough to keep children entertained without overwhelming them, I love it here and could come again and again. They frequently have activities for children (which...More

Thank SwaziSue
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6 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
8 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