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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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This museum has to be one of the best-presented museums in the world. Over the top! The old... read more

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Great for an afternoon strall

We sought shelter from the wind and were pleasantly surprised to find this gem. Entry is free and... 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 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum has to be one of the best-presented museums in the world. Over the top! The old structure was light and airy. Well-prepared to show the collections. We did not have nearly enough time to see what it deserves.

Thank JohnWard2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

We sought shelter from the wind and were pleasantly surprised to find this gem. Entry is free and it's full of lovely exhibits. Would definitely come back when in town next

Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stunning collection of bones, animal models, with lots of things to capture the imagination of any child. Even the building itself is a wonderful example of what a museum should be.

Thank JRMaddog
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to visit in Oxford. I recommend this museum as a must to be visited by everyone.

Thank Chathuranga B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum - first of all for free, secondly in great old building, thirdly very interestingly grouped exhibition. Great for children as there are parts of exhibition which they can touch. The museum made me think how great universe we are living at. It's museum...More

Thank Monika S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As you open the door of this museum, your breath is taken away. The architecture is spectacular and the exhibits many and varied. It is very child-friendly and has an lovely little cafe overlooking the main hall. This museum is a must-see on any visit...More

Thank TenMileBank
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a variety of interactive exhibits which children adore. Varied exhibitions but not over the top.

Thank caztackley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had previously visited the museum in an attempt to visit the Pitt Rivers, but such were its charms that we only managed to get through half of it before we had to venure further into Oxford. Returning again to complete the job as an...More

Thank Moleseyboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going there since "ever". Used to take often my children (when young) there andthey loved it. From dinosaur skeletons, to bits and pieces of the dodo, to live bees, to fossils and to (pretty horrible) specimens in glass jars, there is an...More

Thank stsal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A scaled-down version of the NatHist Museum in London without the hassle of getting to London - great displays, very accessible to all ages, well laid out and labelled etc. Definitely worth another visit, especially in conjunction with Pitt Rivers Museum.

Thank ghfandj
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26 October 2017|
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Response from stsal | Reviewed this property |
Park & ride is the best option. Theer ar eseveral P&R, depending from which direction you come (best is from the North, the P&R near the Oxford Parkway railway station). then the bus eaves literaly three minutes from the... More
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