Oxford University Museum Of Natural History

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  • Address: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW, OX1 3PW, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44018-65272950
  • Fax: +44-01865272970
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Natural History Museum, Social, Arts, Museums

Oxford University Museum Of Natural History - Review

Tired of the pesky all pervasive sign-boards of ‘Do Not Touch!’ at museums? Try the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The OUMNH presents a rather sizeable display of the university’s natural history collection. The construction of this museum began in 1955 to provide a central complex to the University’s Natural Science department that had to be spread around the city for teaching and archive purposes.

Sir Henry Acland, a professor of Medicine, deemed it necessary that a single centre be devoted to the Natural Sciences. In his opinion, and that of many like him, the University had clearly tilted towards the Humanities and needed to focus on the Sciences and the study of nature at large. Interestingly it was the funds received from sale of Bibles that financed the construction of the OUNMH.

The building itself is a beautiful structure. Built in the neo-gothic tradition, the edifice is adorned with floral and animal motifs. The roof of the museum is made of glass and held up by cast iron pillars.

The museum is organized into three main sections: Life Collections, Earth Collections and the Archives.

  • While visiting the Life Collection, you get to see a large number of zoological specimens of extinct and endangered species including the most complete remains of a dodo bird. This section also houses an astounding 5 million entomological (that’s geek talk for bugs) specimens.
  • The Earth Collection has 375,000 fossil samples that have been acquired from all over the world. Here, you will also find an impressive collection of mineral specimens ranging from meteorites, gemstones, fine minerals and more.
  • The OUMNH Archives and Library is open to all visitors. The library has books and periodicals primarily on the subject of geology and entomology and a decent archive on zoology and mineralogy as well.

Throughout the year, the museum conducts fun activities for families, especially kids.

Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Information

  • Tips & Warnings: The OUMNH is also the only entrance into the adjoining Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • Disabled access at the OUMNH is limited.
  • The museum has resourceful website that offers many introductory leaflets and guides.

Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Archives and Library closes at 4:30pm. Make sure you make an appointment before visiting.

How To reach Oxford University Museum Of Natural History by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Parks Road (NW bound), opp Keble Road – 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 14, 14A, 25, 25A, 93, 94, 218, 500, N2, NS5.

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  • Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Address: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW, OX1 3PW, United Kingdom
  • Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Contact Number: +44018-65272950
  • Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Oxford University Museum Of Natural History Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Oxford University Museum Of Natural History(preferred time): 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit Oxford University Museum Of Natural History: 03:00 Hrs
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Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Oxford Reviews

  • Superb museum right in the centre of Oxford, great for kids, is free and has the also superb Pitt Rivers museum adjoining it. Firstly the building is impressive, it's like a mini version of the natural history museum in London with a high ceiling, multiple terraces overlooking the many fossils, skeleton, and stuffed animal exhibits. Many of the animals encourage you to touch and there are plenty of impressive animals on display such as a brown bar, crocodile, Tyrannosaurus rex, elephant skeletons, and many more. As this is all in a single room it's easy to answer around at your leisure and peruse all the interesting exhibits. There are plenty of activities for the kids with clear explanations, there is a live bee hive on the top floor, lifts to all floors, and a cafe. Best of all its free, donations are welcome of course and the equally superb Pitt Rivers museum is at the rear, which is also free. Great day out for kids and adults alike.

  • Great for kids of all ages. Lots to see and do. Activities for the children and a lot of exhibitions that you could touch and interact with. It's a stunning building although being so old it's not great for wheelchairs. The shop was busy as was the cafe. I'd suggest visiting on a sunny day so it's not full of people escaping the rain. Love the diverse range of exhibits here.

  • Fantastic place. Just when you think you've covered the museum, you find a door saying The Pitt Rivers Collection. In there was, in my opinion, better than the main building and just as big. Kids loved it. Only down side was the cafe can't cope with the amount of people the museum attracts.

  • I've been in this museum for many times and I still enjoy it. Its size is not one of the largest, but it certainly belongs among the best. An advantage is free entry. Of course there are toilets and a small café on first floor where you can see to exhibits. I can only recommend.

  • It is one of my favourite museum which i have been too in England so far. However I did find last the cafe was over packed and it was hard to find a seat however it was mislabel out side. I would recommend to go to the museum for a whole day because their is plenty of interesting things to look at.

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