Review: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Visit Date: Saturday 27th June 2015

Location: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, OX1 3PW

Wow!  I absolutely love this Museum, definitely an enjoyable day-out for both children and adults.


On arrival into the Museum your attention is immediately drawn to the amazing arena of skeletal animals and dinosaurs.  They really are quite breathtaking!  They fill the Museum floor and hang from the ceiling in all their glory.

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The Museum is made up of Earth collections such as fossils, minerals and rocks and Life collections including extinct and endangered species, such as the famous Dodo.  There really is so much to see, you’ll need a couple of hours at least.

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Personally, I have a huge fear of all things buglike, but found these particularly interesting as I was able to see the little critters from behind glass, even if I did stay well back.  There is a rather cool beehive in one of the foyers where you can see the bees making their honey in a glass unit.  Make sure you do not miss the luminous fossils which are housed in a darkened unit on the main floor.

I was super impressed by the architecture, the neo-Gothic building is stunning.  I spent most of my time trying to capture shots of the internal structure, so varied and beautiful.  I understand they do tours of the architecture every Friday.

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A flock of Swifts reside in the Buildings Tower to raise their young having returned from Africa for the Summer.  You can see them on live Webcam.

There is a café on the Upper floor which overlooks the dinosaurs and a shop that you can visit too.  The Museum is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly and welcomes school groups to use the learning resources.  The Museum provides regular tours of the collections and architecture.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Museum, it is a great day-out and free too!  Visit their website for more information.

#ILoveMuseums @morethanadodo

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  • Reply
    October 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I loved this place :)) so did the boys so thanks for showing us it lovely

    Stevie xx

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      October 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Anytime! It was a lovely day. You forgot to mention the resident loon at Burger King! xx

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    August 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for such a great write-up! Really pleased you enjoyed the visit.

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    Hannah Brooker
    July 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Oh wow, i wish i didnt live so far (and we don’t drive!) this place is right up our street, i can see that you’d need a while there to take it all in. That crab is amazing. I really want to see the beehive, i’m sure other places do it but i’ve not heard of anywhere before, i love bees x

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      July 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      The littlens would love it, especially I they like big scary dinosaurs :). Those spider crabs are huge, and now another reason why you won’t find me in the sea xx

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    July 10, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Great review! I must visit!

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