Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.
Highlights in the collections include the world’s first scientifically described dinosaur – Megalosaurus bucklandii – and the world-famous Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo.
The building itself is as spectacular today as when it opened in 1860. As a striking example of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture, the its style was strongly influenced by the ideas of 19th-century art critic John Ruskin.
The museum is part of the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums. The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology adjoins the Museum of Natural History building, so both places can be enjoyed in a single trip.
The Museum Café has a great location on the upper gallery allowing visitors to enjoy a tea or coffee while overlooking the dinosaurs. And the shop sells a wide selection of products, ranging from fossils and minerals, to children toys and jewellery.
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