Oxford University Museum Of Natural HistoryCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Natural History Museums, Social, Arts, Museums
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 Travel Tips
- 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 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 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 Reviews & Ratings
An impressive building structure - high glass roof, lots of light and space. Many people, many children, free admission, volunteers, apparently students and staff of the University readily tell everyone about their own, involve children! Sumptuously! Noisy, fun, informative and interesting. Highly recommending to go with your children. Also it give Night in Museum vibe
Museum of Natural History of Oxford University A great museum with large range of exhibitions.From skeletons of dinosaurs and animals to civilizations element such as ships , clothes and theater masks .In my opinion is one of the most significant museum in Oxford .It contains historical facts from all over the world. Including America’s history.I am suggesting to each one of us to visit and let all this story fill you up .Pay attention to each exhibit and just spend all the day there .If you can not stay there all the day , a good solution is to pay a guide.It is not much expensive .By this way you can see the most significant exhibits .Although ‘significant exhibit ‘ is something totally subjective.Moreover it is worth to learn about some of the exhibit , because they can tell us interesting stories about our ancestors and their lives.Generally I think that each museum can give us good time .We have to learn about our past .167 This museum it was the first I have visited in Oxford.I have searched it and the truth is that I loved it .Because as I said combines archeology with civilization . So after all that I say I hope to be satisfied and you are willing to visit it!!!
My toddler and I go at least once a month, she's never bored! The museum often have different things on for all ages. The staff are lovely and the cafe has yummy cakes - you can't go wrong!
If you or your children love fossils, birds, or insects, this is the perfect place to visit! It is free and locates about 1 mile from city center. The building is beautiful and has some fun history in regards to the disgruntled stone carvers adding "unauthorized art" to the entryway arch (it was removed but you can still see the area where it was removed).
Great museum with so many different things to see. Everything is nicely lay out and not on top of each other. There is a great selection so caters for many peoples interest. The life sized dinosaurs was definitely my boys favourite. There is a little shop and also a cafe but both of which are very expensive. 1 muffin is £2.50! The shop was even more expensive and a cuddly dinosaur was £30, so sad to say we didn't purchase these. There is always staff on hand to help with anything you need and they are really polite and helpful. There is limited disabled parking out side the museum. Have all the disabled facilities you could need.