Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

4.8
#3 of 12 in Museums in Oxford
Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Create an itinerary including Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Those who know it best call Oxford University Museum of Natural History the world’s “Cathedral to Science.” From the most complete remains of the extinct dodo to exacting replicas of early humans, the museum works to share the best examples of geology, mineralogy, zoology, and entomology—or rocks, minerals, animals, and bugs to the thousands, especially children, who visit. The building itself is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture and is the site of the famous first demonstration of the wireless telegraph in 1894. Have a natural object you can’t quite identify? Bring it along and ask one of the many on-hand curators to help solve the mystery. Make Oxford University Museum of Natural History a part of your Oxford vacation plans using our Oxford online journey maker.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Oxford University Museum of Natural History reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,454 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Amazing place to visit in Oxford with lots of very interesting things on offer for every age. As a disabled visitor we were very impressed with the ease of getting around the site all directions very....  more
    Amazing place to visit in Oxford with lots of very interesting things on offer for every age. As a disabled visitor we were very impressed with the ease of getting around the site all directions very....  more »
  • One of the most stunning buildings I have ever seen. It was busy when we visited -half term - I'd like to return on a quieter day just to look at the stunning internal structure. Loved the exhibits... 
    One of the most stunning buildings I have ever seen. It was busy when we visited -half term - I'd like to return on a quieter day just to look at the stunning internal structure. Loved the exhibits...  more »
Google
  • Being a museum worker myself I do enjoy visiting other museums. This one is particularly stunning with its high, green house style ceiling in the main hall. You could spend hours in just this room alone. There is a lovely cafe that overlooks the main hall from up high, a great location for a cafe. You can see a lot more detail in the ceiling from there so don't miss that opportunity to take some snaps. They have some truly stunning items in this museum, one of my fave places is a very small darkened room where they show off some gem stones under a black light. Their T-Rex takes pride of place in the main hall and does not disappoint. I think my favourite area though was the Pitt Rivers Museum, which is inside the museum of natural history. In there you will find some of the most interesting, weird, wacky and fascinating items. Do not miss that area! I would point out that due to building works we ended up walking around for some time, looking for the entrance which for some reason is not signed posted anywhere. If you go onto their website and look at a map they have provided, (my visit was planned by a friend who knew the area so I hadn't thought to go and look myself) you will find it much easier to get to the entrance.
  • Brilliant! Don't miss out! The museum has a really wide range of exhibits. It's great if you have a dinosaur lover with you. We did and she had a fantastic time. The museum is a great day out and well worth your time!

Plan your trip to Oxford

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip