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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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This museum has the best display on the geological history of the earth and the development of life forms I have ever seen. Part of the display is closed at present but it reopens in February 2014. I shall return then to see the whole show!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

A very well curated museum of medium size that not many people know exists. Lots for kids to learn here, including some interactive workshops where they can get their hands dirty.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Even tho it was closed - the bit you could see en route to Pitt Rivers was well presented and fascinating

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

There is so much to see in this museum, and there are always interactive displays and activities for kids. not that you can drag them away from the T Rex downstairs and the living tarantulas upstairs. The building itself is an incredible part of history, with high vaulted ceilings. Make sure you get a look at the closed circuit images of the swallows nesting in the tower. (And pop into the Pitt Rivers at the back (see my review). Fund for all the family, young kids and teenagers alike. Bound to inspire at least one budding paleontologist.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

There are few museums that I like walking into as much as this one. I've been here several times and the airiness and light, combined with the neo-Gothic architecture, provides a dramatic backdrop for the impressive skeletons rising up between the visitor and the glass ceiling. Not that the exhibits themselves aren't brilliant as well ... here's where you can see the dodo, a creature that went extinct but lives on in our imaginations (and at the museum) ... as well as zoological collections of famous explorers, an extraordinary minerals collection, and more. NOTE THAT THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED IN 2013 FOR ROOF REPAIRS.

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