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University Museum of Natural History

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Address: Museum of Natural History Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, England
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+44 1865 272950
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features...

Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries.

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A good family afternoon out

Beautiful buildings and surroundings and really interesting items. My children are 3 and 5 and they found lots of things to interest them...

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful buildings and surroundings and really interesting items. My children are 3 and 5 and they found lots of things to interest them...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As little Belgian tourists, we never have had the chance to see dinosaurs before... well, now it's done! The collections, as well as the building, are very impressive... we spent hours in there, our eyes wide open, astonished as children. The place is really worth a visit, but you'll need an afternoon to perfectly enjoy the variety of the collections.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some interesting items for example the meteorites and Oxford Dodo sections. It's housed in an attractive building however it is a little smaller than I expected and a little low tech. Most exhibited are items in glass cases or information boards.

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will find very few Museums that will please you more than this. Although the museum is relatively small, there is more to see than a single visit can cover, so I expect having to come again. All the displays are well presented with just about the right amount of explanations. The Skeletons of known and extinct animals are the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my second visit, because this place is awesome. The exhibits are fantastic, primarily the permanent ones, though if I recall from 2015 the temporary ones are all terrific too. Good for a couple of hours, good for the family. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum as an escape from the rain. What a great place for both adults & children. Highly recommended

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are very lucky to have free museums in this country, and lucky to have the collections they showcase. There is so much to see and learn within the museum, it was such a pleasant and stimulating experience. I'd recommend it, not only yo families with eager kids, but also to adults who want an alternative activity from mindless shopping.... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this place has lots to see and your allowed to touch some stuff as well. Lots of bones of animals. Birds (stuffed) gem stones. Wildlife model butterflys. Real life bees making honey. Look high and low. We spend about 40 mins looking around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small but great nature museum has not only interesting collections but also magnificent building . a great place to visit for family

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a museum that has no charge this has an incredible amount to offer. You could spend hours in here. It joins to the Pitts museum so you kind of get Two for the price of one (even though they're free) 😊 Lots to see. Amazing!

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