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“Geologists' dream”

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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 23, 2013

If you like geology this building has the most beautiful metamorphic rock columns of any building in Britain! Just check out the thin rock columns all around the dinosaurs; they are the most beautiful rocks the Victorians could find from all over the British Isles, cut and polished to perfection.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Scale is good -you can get on top of the place rather than get lost in taking in too much like the kensington Nat Hist Mus. Great building- Ruskin resigned because (I think) he didn't like the glass roofing and a few other things- oh and this is where Darwin's theory was first argued over with Huxley and Wilberforce while Fitzroy (another amazing thinker) stood at the back, devastated by his ex-friend's theories. And at the back, is the Pitt Rivers Museum!!!!

Thank James F
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Yes, the natural history museum is closed to visitors whilst the roof is being cleaned and resealed. However, don't pass up the opportunity to have a tour behind the scenes.

I was lucky enough to book a tour of the entomology department for £5. There were only eight people in the group.

Zoe our guide took us on a tour of the room where the "great debate" took place on Darwin's theory. We were shown the oldest pinned specimen and Darwin's own collection of specimens.(not urine!)

Later, we met Dave, the head of the department and we were given the opportunity to hold live scorpions, tarantula & praying mantis....I declined...,yes, I am a chicken!

I believe you need to book in advance. It is well worth it though. The staff are so enthusiastic, I came out feeling rejuvenated. It beats going to the spa!!!!

Will definitely be going back!!


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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Natural History Museum in Oxford is one of the best museums around. It has so much in it from dinosaurs to shrunken heads!

It's free to get in and is a great place to visit.

Thank TheoAlicia D
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Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

This has been a family favorite since I was a child! It has so much for every age group. At weekends there are free activity packs for the little ones and adults can recall their school classes. Everyone loves the dinosaurs and the rocks that light up in the dark. Look out for the bee hive halfway up the stairs. You need to check they aren't doing work before you visit. The Pitt rivers is pretty amazing and is at the very back of the museum so don't miss it.

Thank Lisa D
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