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“Very poor” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Oxford

Museum of Oxford
Ranked #79 of 172 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Explore Oxford, at the Museum of Oxford, presents the city's past and present in two very different spaces. Exploring the past, visitors can have a look around a Victorian Office and see how the city has developed over the past 3000 years. Continuing into the second space, visitors can take a virtual high-speed bike ride around the city. You can look and read about a variety of different characters from Oxford's past and how industry, entertainment, work and invention have shaped the city we see today. There is much more to the Museum of Oxford than Explore Oxford though. With a host of changing exhibitions in our Gallery, a variety of events ranging from live music to comedy in The Old Museum, family activities and fun throughout the year and an accessible and extensive community programme. There are also lots of ways to get involved with the Museum of Oxford through volunteering.
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“Very poor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

This was our first stop on our oxford tour and very disappointing.

There is not much to see, which is fine as it is free and there are some good items. However, the staff are rude and disinterested, the toilets were closed (despite the cafe trading) and the DVD and touch screen exhibits were not working.

Visited June 2014
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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Dear MrsACJ,

Many thanks for visiting the Museum of Oxford and we are really sorry you had a bad experience with us. Our volunteer assistants inside the museum galleries put in a lot of hours and are exceptionally enthusiastic about everything Oxford.

Sadly certain aspects of the Town Hall's operation are out of our control (such as the cafe, toilets and reception) but our apologise for the television and touch screen not working. We are having a few issues with these at the moment but hope to have them fully functioning soon!

We hope you will give us a second chance and return to the Museum of Oxford in the future when we will hopefully be fully up and running again.

Many Thanks
The Museum Team
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“Two "Explore Oxford" Rooms are Thin of Info, but Education Workshops Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

We recently took a group of homeschoolers here for a workshop about the English Civil War. I remember going here for a similar activity a few years ago and expected both a good workshop and a good display of artefacts in the museum itself.

However, I think they're refurbishing the galleries or something, so there was only a pair of very small rooms for the museum, very little of which was relevant to the English Civil War. Nothing like I remember.

On the other hand, the workshop with the Education department was very engaging. I especially appreciated how the outreach person didn't rush us for this portion, spending a lot of time with all the kids' questions and letting them explore what it's like to write with a quill pen. This cost about £3.50 per child, and was good value for the information and level of engagement we got out of it. The museum itself, though, is free.

Visited February 2014
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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Dear katpat23

Thank you for reviewing our Museum and it is great to hear that you had a fun time with our education team learning about the Civil War. They work really hard to offer engaging and intriguing educational activities even when our galleries are much smaller size wise than they used to be.

The Museum of Oxford has been through a lot of changes over the last few years, with one of these changes being the move to Explore Oxford at the front of the Town Hall. Although we hope to expand the Museum in the future, Explore Oxford actually has a lot to offer. With regards to our Civil War collection, only a few objects are not on display in Explore Oxford with the Siege of Oxford, Cromwell's deathmask and the Civil War sword all making the move. We do have less space, but lots crammed in!

Many thanks for your comments and review and we hope to see you here again soon

All the best

The Museum Team
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“Museum of Oxford”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

An excellent display and outreach network which really bring the history of our historic town, Oxford, to life.

Visited November 2013
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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Dear Charles S

Huge thanks for this great review and for the kudos to our outreach network. Our outreach team really do try to bring all different types of people from Oxford together with a range of engaging community projects. We hope that you can come along to some of our fantastic free community group sessions such as Creative Writing, Art for All and our research group, Searchers. These are all FREE and give visitors the chance to really get involved with Oxford's culture.

All the best

The Museum Team
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“Oxford Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

The museum is inside the Town Hall. It's only small, just two rooms, but there are drawers where you can look up more detailed information. Given the small space, it is well presented and gives a good brief introduction to the city. The maps showing how Oxford has grown and developed over the centuries are fascinating. There are guided tours around the town hall which is an interesting building. There's a small gift shop and changing exhibitions at the back of the building.

Visited November 2013
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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Dear fxlux

Many thanks for the great review and for re-visiting our museum. Our changing exhibitions are really key to offering something new to our repeat visitors and we have a lot lined up for 2014. Have you seen our current Christmas exhibition which includes lanterns for Oxford's Light Night, wardrobes created by artists inspired by Lewis Carrol and our ever popular Jukebox? Do come along and have a look if you have the time!

All the best and happy Holidays

The Museum Team
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“A small jewel in Oxford's crown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Although smaller than it was (and soon to return to its larger size) the museum of Oxford is now housed in two rooms in the Town Hall and is called Explore Oxford. These rooms explain Oxford's amazing history in a way that is educational and fun for all ages. It is well thought out and very well arranged. It covers Oxford's history from the earliest times up to the 20th century.
There is also a machine that lets you cycle the streets of Oxford and see all its colourful sights without leaving the building.
The Town Hall itself is also good for exploring as there seems to be something exciting going on at most times.

Visited October 2013
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MuseumOfOxford, Manager at Museum of Oxford, responded to this review, 3 December 2013
Dear travelfast2013

Many thanks for the fantastic review and for seeing the future potential of the Museum of Oxford's Explore Oxford galleries. We are glad you used and explored all aspects of Explore Oxford, particularly our Virtual Bike Ride through Oxford's streets. Did you see the new journey that takes visitors into our Medieval Cellar? It tells the story of Oxford's Medieval Jewish quarter which was centred around this part of town, St Aldate's. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to see you again soon.

Many thanks

The Museum Team
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