Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Oxford

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Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Oxford - Address, Phone Number

Address: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

Phone: +44018-65272950

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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, Oxford Reviews - Write a Review

  • Lovely museum with friendly knowledgeable staff, my 6 year old loved learning all about taxidermy and hasn't stopped talking about the dinosaur skeletons. So much to see here and so much information - I will return again and again. The adjoining Pitt Rivers museum is amazing and full of really fascinating stuff. My only downside is that my 3 year old struggled to see inside the cabinets upstairs so there was lots of lifting and carrying around.

  • A very interesting museum with a great collection of specimens. Relatively small/medium sized museum but a great place to spend an afternoon.

  • Definitely the best museum I ever been to -could not cover it all in one day so came here twice...Its free of charge and it is great for both adults and kids.

  • Great place to visit. Too much to see in one day. Definitely be back soon ;-)

  • This place is brilliant. There is something to see for everyone and there is so much to do. Very impressed. Absolutely worth the visit.

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