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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
+44 1865 272950
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Loved touching the bears

My 4 year old loved getting her hand on the bears at the entrance. The museum is light and airy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
pastainumbria
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Best Natural History museum we've been to

Free entry and recommend going earlier to avoid crowds. It did not disappoint and loved the range... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Josh_Michelle
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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 are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
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"glass roof"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My 4 year old loved getting her hand on the bears at the entrance. The museum is light and airy with space and not too much to see in one space. The building itself is impressive with an amazing roof.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Free entry and recommend going earlier to avoid crowds. It did not disappoint and loved the range of dinosaurs. Has an incredible and broad selection that took us by surprise.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an incredibly interesting museum! Even for adults! It was half term so full of children who were mostly fully involved with seeing, touching (where allowed), filling in the free worksheets and thoroughly enjoying the museum. So much to see, so much to learn about,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Today we visited the natural history museum with the children. Busy as it’s half term but lots of things to do and see. A real gem outside London and there are so many items on display. On this occasion we spent most of the time...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of Oxford's top attractions. It seems like just another fusty Museum but the stuff in here is astonishingly good and historic. Having been dozens of times my personal favourites are still the wonderful stone columns around the main courtyard on the ground floor: each...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this museum and the way children are encouraged to touch and explore many of the artefacts. Particularly love the see-through beehive

Thank Jo K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our little one absolutely loves the NHM Oxford. It is full of taxidermied animals and dinosaur casts. The little ones will learn so much and there are often little puzzles and things to keep them entertained- especially in the holidays. The Pitt Rivers museum is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing museum with a lot of antiquities and exhibits. The best museum of natural history. It worths 100%.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely museum for a free family day out. Excellent collection of rare species and fossils. Kids will love the extensive dinosaur collection. Be sure to visit the Pitt museum that is towards the back. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Natural History museums can all blend into one with their Victorian architecture and dinosaurs, but this is really worth visiting, simply for the array of skeletons and the colossal Triceratops skull. I was as excited at age 44 as any of the hundreds of children...More

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louiearch93
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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
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6 May 2017|
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Response from TimandElsa | Reviewed this property |
Oxford is a very small town in reality despite being called a city. You can walk between all of the major attractions. In fact it's your only real choice as the town hates cars so you're forced to use a park and ride which... More
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Ania B
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Response from Spencer V | Reviewed this property |
The museum is completely free; I visited on a Saturday with my 9 year old daughter and they had an activity on which was free to take part in as well. When she had finished her search my daughter also got a to select a... More
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