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.
‘Eat the Future’ is a pop-up café run by Vaults and Garden with a focus on sustainable eating. Inspired by their Meat the Future exhibition, the café’s menu focuses on planet-friendly meals. With ecolabels on many of the food and drink items, you can feel empowered to choose an environmentally-friendly meal. There are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, and plant-based milks are provided free of charge. Open 10am – 5pm.
Horsebox Cafe (outside the museum): Enjoy cakes, snacks, hot and cold drinks. Open 8.30am –
Admission is free