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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom
01865 272 950

Opening Times

Daily from 10am to 5pm

Please check the Museum’s website for updated opening hours

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, 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.

Café

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.

Price

Admission is free

 

Events

July 2022

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Alice’s Day: Squeaky Tea Cups

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Join us at the Museum to make a teacup fit for a queen... but also perfect for a sleepy dormouse to nest in! Part of the Oxford-wide 'Alice's Day' run by the Story Museum. Drop-in event, no need to book.

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July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Good Natured

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Conservation Optimism presents an evening of inspiring and empowering stories from across the natural world. Enjoy a night of prize-winning short films from the Good Natured Short Film Festival.

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July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Woods Come to Town

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Help us celebrate the upcoming publication of a new Visitor Guidebook to Wytham Woods by joining us for an afternoon of mini-lectures. Gain an overview of the Woods past, present and future; get up-to-date information about the long-standing Wytham Tit study; hear about how Wytham Woods has bridged the gap between Arts and Science; and get up to speed with how you can get involved too. Entry is free, but please book tickets in advance.

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July 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Out and About at Cutteslowe Park

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Meet up with us at Cutteslowe Park for fun, hands-on activities. Part of the Oxfordshire Play Association 'Play Days' Programme. Drop-in at Elsfield Way, OX2 8NP.

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August 2022

August 1 @ 10:00 am - August 5 @ 3:00 pm

Insect Investigators Summer School

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Join us on our popular week-long summer school to discover the amazing world of bees, beetles, bugs and butterflies. Ages 10-14. Pre-book by email: hopelearning@oum.ox.ac.uk

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August 2 @ 2:00 pm - August 30 @ 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 30, 2022

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday and Friday, repeating indefinitely

Awesome Animals

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Pop along to our summer holiday activity stand to find out more about some of the awesome animals in the Museum's collections. Get hands-on with actual Museum specimens! Tuesdays and Fridays in August. Drop-in, no need to book.

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August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Explorers: Ants

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Join us for an afternoon of crafts and specimen handling, and explore the marvellous world of ants. For all ages. Drop-in.

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August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Explorers: Flying Insects

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

Join us for an afternoon of crafts and specimen handling. Create a winged wonder and learn more about flying insects. For all ages. Drop-in, no need to book.

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September 2022

September 12 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 pm

A Little Look at… Bears

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom

We're going on a bear hunt! Join us for this guided walk around the Museum, and learn about our bears. Suitable for 2-5 year-olds. Tours start at 10.15 and 11.00 am. Drop-in, no need to book.

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