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“Stunning building great artefacts”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Ranked #4 of 183 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, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We went to this museum to check out the goods it had to offer, which were dinosaur bones, animals and insects, minerals. This is a great place for children with many exhibits encouranging people to touch. . It is also not an overly huge museum, so one can get around and see most things and leave satisfied instead of sick of it. At the back it the Pit Street Museum, which takes on a more anthropological slant. There are tribal and indigenous artifacts from all over the globe, including shrunken heads - awesome! The rooms of Pitt Street Museum are darker and in a more recently built addition. The University Museum is housed in a gorgeous old architectual building with high glass ceilings letting in an abundance of natural light - truly a joy to visit.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

It is an amazing experience for the whole family. Children and grown-ups enjoy a few hours exploring the natural world and learning how fascinating nature is.
We discovered the Museum last year and since then we have paid several visits with friends and family. Some of those animals look real and scary too!!
Our favorite we never miss is the visit to the bees and the three-toed sloth! It is so cute!
We definitely recommend it: the best Museum in Oxford

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Loved being able to stroke a cheetah. The displays are easily accessible. Children would love it. I particularly enjoyed the facts relating to the extinction of the Dodo. It's amazing that some exhibits are millions of years old. Beautiful statue at the froont of the building too and then you can visit Pittt Rivers straight after.

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The building is fantastic - you find different corners and details every time you go - and the contents are equally fascinating (and eclectic). Great for adults and children of all ages.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Loved the old building! It's very similar to the National History Museum in London. Great experience and free!

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