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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom
01865 272 950 http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/visiting/index.htm

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, often referred to as the “Oxford University Museum”, was founded in 1860 as the hub for scientific study at the University of Oxford. The museum is situated in an impressive neo-Gothic building and offers a variety of different permanent collections, exhibitions and events.

Today the museum displays internationally noteworthy collections of zoological and geological specimens. The collection is divided into three areas:

  • The Earth Collection, which features the Palaeontological Collection as well as the mineral and rock collections.
  • The Life Collection, consisting of the zoological and entomological collections.
  • The Archive Collection.

One of the most spectacular displays in the museum are the head and foot of a dodo, which are considered as the most complete remains of a dodo in the world. Other popular displays are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and the swifts in the tower.


The Museum Café has a great location on the upper gallery allowing visitors to enjoy a tea or coffee while overlooking the dinosaurs.

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop sells a wide selection of products, ranging from fossils and minerals, to children toys and jewellery. There is also a special assortment of Oxford Dodo products available for sale.

Opening Times

Daily from 10am to 5pm


Admission is free



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