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“A swift sprint around before closing time”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Ranked #4 of 177 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 older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Loughton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A swift sprint around before closing time”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Made it here an hour before closing time so only had a chance to do the main room, but there was plenty to make my daughter say WOW, and that was the point of the trip :)

Visited April 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Interactive and interesting”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Both the architecture and the exhibits in this museum are fascinating. Pay attention as you walk around and you will see that the pillars come from different areas of Britain and are labelled. There are both mounted exhibits in display cases and ones out on the floor. Most special are the touching exhibits up in the front where you can touch minerals and stuffed animals. I went on a Thursday and the halls were very full of school groups which was a bit distracting but the visuals were too good to miss.

Visited April 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great museum, less great staff and toilets”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

My 15-year old daughter and I visited on Sunday, having been many times before when she was younger. We both loved the museum. The front of house staff however really need refresher training; one told us there wasn't a cafe, though there is one on the first floor. The shop is really poor and the toilets leave a bit to be desired, but the building and collections are great.

Visited March 2014
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Luanda, Angola
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“A very interesting museum”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Recommended due to the diversity of the exhibits and fairly central location. A few more seating areas would make it better again.

Visited January 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

A little way out of the centre, but OK to walk. Fantastic building, light and airy. Loved the dinosaur skeletons.

Visited March 2014
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