Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford, United Kingdom
www.oum.ox.ac.uk - 01865 272950
Oxford University Museum of Natural History Reviews
A fun museum to break up Oxford Aug 02, 2010
Not too big and not too small the Oxford University Museum of Natural History is perfect for children and adults to learn a few new things, see a beautifully designed building and even touch some real animals (Stuffed obviously) including a Cheetah. The main hall has a few dozen animal skeletons including a handful of cast recreations of dinosaurs complete with a T-Rex standing in the middle.
The exhibits are well written and kept short
and simple to keep your attention without drowning you with information. There is a good mix of animals past and present covering all corners of the globe so you get a taste of everything. There is a mezzanine level that overlooks the main hall to give you an aerial view of the dinosaurs skeletons and show you some more exhibits mostly on insects. There are dozens of columns in the mezzanine level each made from a unique type of stone which looks great and gives a good geology lesson.
Also upstairs you’ll find a few live exhibits such as cockroaches, a beehive and stick insects which will keep the young kids entertained. Don’t miss the little dark booth in the back of the main hall which has naturally glowing minerals in it or the glassed in box of space rocks.
The museum is free with a suggested donation and just a few minutes walk from the city centre. You could spend half a day reading everything or just a few minutes to take the major parts in and you’ll have a good time either way. It is definitely worth checking out.
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