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“THE museum for children”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Ranked #4 of 185 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: Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 24, 2012

If anyone wants to know how to design a child-friendly museum...look no further. From fantastic activities available for free to the ability (with express encouragement) to touch many of the exhibits, this is the place for childrent to start learning about the natural world. Lots of things to see and touch in a small place so you always end up staying longer than you think. Staff are very friendly as well.

No better place to go with childrent in Oxford on a bad-weather day.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

I visited the museum with my Granddaughter. It was her first visit and it was such fun for a 6 year old. She found a 'rosemary beetle' and was really excited about that and discovered the dinosaurs in this museum came from South Dakota! It really is good museum to take children to.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

have visited meny times this place needs years to go around there are so meny things to see and do , draws to look in and soooo much .

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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

Thank Tatottolini
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