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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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About Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Oxford

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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  • One of Oxfords gems, a truly fantastic museum. It is free, but you will wonder why. It manages to stick to the 'image' of a traditional natural history museum whilst also being really accessible and fun for kids. The only let down is the cafe, which is limited to cold foods (although a decent range). I think it is more enjoyable than the one in London.

  • A wonderful museum to spend the day. Get a chance to witnesses the world culture right in front of you. Allow yourself at least a half day or day to get the maximum out of your visit. Its free entry but I highly encourage you to give them a donation. As they keep the museum very nicely. Lots and lots of things to learn. I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone. Thank you.

  • What a great day out with kids. Last visited 2 years ago and this time around noticed lots of changes and loved it. Kids had an amazing time and they were so excited about the history. Layout of the museum is really good, simply takes you through everything easily. Not too crowded even at weekends.

  • Awesome place to visit if you interesting in history and nature, there are sector with dinosaurs, birds, bugs. Also there sector with ancient tribes equipments ant the top floor with ancient and new ages guns. If you get tired you can sit right in there where is coffee shop and take a cup of coffee. Also good place to bring your kids.

  • It's a great place that is not too large and also does not get to busy, from the times I have been. Lovely to go with children. Lots of informative but fun exhibits. Really near Oxford city centre and also contains a gem of a museum inside it. A definite visit and free too.

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