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“Keeps drawing you back”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Ranked #4 of 182 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Have been to this place on many ocassions when my grandaughter was small it was one of her favouirite places to visit each time you go you finf something extra to look at the bee hive was an attraction time after time it was also a case of finding items found in uou local area.
The one dreawback is that it could do with a little coffee?sandwich shop and apart from toilet facilities it lacks anywhere to get a drink or snack My grandson is just coming to the age where he will find it interesting so I dare say we will have many more visits

Thank Gina B
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Inside this impressive building there are many exciting things for the big and the little ones. If you are lucky on a Sunday you can find students from the colleges that make experiments and children can be evolved too!

Thank Nely K
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I don't think you can go there once actually, it needs multi visits if you have an interest in natural history.
A variety of amazing dinosaur, bird, insect, rock, mineral exhibits to name a few. What i like most is the tactile experience for people of all ages to touch and appreciate some of the articles on display.
The Pitt River is at the rear of the museum, don't forget to have a look.
So much history, interesting to note that Darwin had one of his first debates regarding evolution in the very hall where the exhibits are held.
The Museum like most museums and major buildings in Oxford is very walkable from all angles of the city.

University Parks is also very close to this Museum and has some gorgeous parks to walk through.

Thank taqueeney
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Arrived here at opening along with dozens of school aged children. As they started on ground level, I started on the top level. The gift shop was a bit disappointing as I wanted to buy a rock native to England but there were none to be had.

Thank NancyT2468
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This museum is so worth going to. It is free of admission charge to the general public. It is held in a beautiful building in Oxford & it has an amazing range of child friendly artifacts & displays to enchant even the youngest of its visitors. The Pitt Rivers Museum is housed along side it & has an amazing display of artifacts to enlighten & shock all - see the shrunken heads & the mummy artifacts. We were on limited time & rushed the whole process, but I would so love to go back & spend a whole week there! The building was just as amazing as the contents. Well worth a visit to everyone, young & old!

Thank ChristinaBirtles
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