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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Outstanding place to spend a couple of hours or more

We visited as two families with young children one Sunday morning in August. Was busy but not too... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peter B
Houston, Texas
Visit with our grandchildren.

Visited with 8 and 6yr old grandchildren, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Beautiful building and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited as two families with young children one Sunday morning in August. Was busy but not too busy. Great selection of things to see and do, and maps/trails for the kids highly recommend. And its all free!

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited with 8 and 6yr old grandchildren, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Beautiful building and fantastic exhibits, particularly the dinosaurs. Staff were very engaging and helpful.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had visited this museum years ago and remembered it fondly. I was not mistaken. We went in, free entry, and were taken aback by the beaut of the building, yet alone the quality of the exhibits. Amazing specimens and the building is just amazing....More

Thank Tess J
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great and varied collection of dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and animals (not forgetting the honey bees), in an architecturally splendid setting. And it was all free.

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's definitely a must see museum in Oxford. There's load for children and little ones to do and the fossil and displays are absolutely eye dropping. It's extremely thorough and full of exciting displays. I loved the T Rex and the war exhibits.

Thank Dev D
Reviewed 6 days ago

All the museum in Oxford are free to visit,and have lots to look at great if you have children,vary interesting

Thank T J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great museum and slightly away from the other main Oxford city attractions. Lots of dinosaur fossils including a t-rex. My children really enjoyed it. Definitely worth a visit whilst in Oxford.

Thank Kamsd442
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum with lots to look at and see really interesting to see and compare all the different animal skeletons and how they have formed. Worth a visit!

Thank Alice L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning building with light and airy layout. Some massive dinosaur skeletons. Quite a few please touch exhibits and there was some very educational and fun interactive activities. Different to ZSL Tring as doesn't seem as big not does it have mostly taxidermy. It's free entry,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very educational museum. It has an impressive collection and is very well set out. As a real bonus, it also contains the Pitt Rivers museum, which is arguably even better. TOP TIP: LOOK UP! THE BUILDING ITSELF IS AMAZING.

Thank Paul B
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The pear tree or Seacourt park and ride
3 March 2018|
Response from European-Bookworm | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know about day trips, I’m afraid, but, coming from Gloucester, you’ll probably find Seacourt Park and Ride the easiest. Very well signposted and easy to use. Alternatively, drive into Oxford and park at Oxpens car... More
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Response from stsal | Reviewed this property |
Park & ride is the best option. Theer ar eseveral P&R, depending from which direction you come (best is from the North, the P&R near the Oxford Parkway railway station). then the bus eaves literaly three minutes from the... More