Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

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Those who know it best call Oxford University Museum of Natural History the world’s “Cathedral to Science.” From the most complete remains of the extinct dodo to exacting replicas of early humans, the museum works to share the best examples of geology, mineralogy, zoology, and entomology—or rocks, minerals, animals, and bugs to the thousands, especially children, who visit. The building itself is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture and is the site of the famous first demonstration of the wireless telegraph in 1894. Have a natural object you can’t quite identify? Bring it along and ask one of the many on-hand curators to help solve the mystery. Make Oxford University Museum of Natural History a part of your Oxford vacation plans using our Oxford online journey maker.
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  • Just two weeks before we were in London and the Natural History Museum there, so expectations for this weren't high in comparison. While not to that very high standard I am pleased to say it was... 
    Just two weeks before we were in London and the Natural History Museum there, so expectations for this weren't high in comparison. While not to that very high standard I am pleased to say it was...  more »
  • A very nice museum with a wide range of natural history collections. It is a bit crowded on in holidays, but the objects are nevertheless worth a visit. The gift shop is lovely. Bought some minerals. 
    A very nice museum with a wide range of natural history collections. It is a bit crowded on in holidays, but the objects are nevertheless worth a visit. The gift shop is lovely. Bought some minerals.  more »
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  • What a stunning old building providing free access and activities for children. It has that wonderful atmosphere born of a different era, even though all of the stuffed animals are kind of sad too. It is a great place for small children - very welcoming. There are touchable displays of large crystals and furry animals. There is also a display of a tuna skeleton, which is incredible. The added bonus is that another museum, the Pitt Rivers, is accessed via this one, so you get two for the effort one visit. The Pitt Rivers is a very dense museum and takes hours to look around properly so be warned and make sure you get enough parking.
  • We went for the Easter egg trail which was well thought out. It took you around both the natural and Pitts river museums. Hiding the clues, eggs in displays was good as it allowed us all to learn at the same time. There are sensory displays located around the museum. Good access around the museum with lifts for the elderly and disabled too.

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