Oxford University Museum of Natural History

A few months ago on one of our staycations, as well as going to Portsmouth and Legoland we also went to Oxford to Oxford Castle and to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

We hadn’t been to Oxford before, so we were lucky to have Lisa from The Love of a Captain to show us around and take us to the museum after we’d seen the castle and had a naughty lunch. It was a nice walk to the museum, for a city Oxford is very pretty with gorgeous old buildings and plenty of trees.

The museum itself is beautiful on the outside and made a great first impression on me before we even entered the building.

Museum of Natural History

Considering how expensive the parking was (£17 … yes really) in Oxford, I loved that the last part of our day was somewhere with free entry.

The inside of the building doesn’t disappoint either it’s just simply beautiful, and other than all the dead animals I could have happily moved in!

Museum of Natural History

I don’t think we’ve ever taken the boys to a natural history museum as far as I can remember, and they were amazed by the Oxford University one. There was so much to look at, and I love the fact that they were reading so many of the information signs near the exhibits and learning as they looked.

Museum of Natural History Oxford

There were skeletons from dinosaurs and more modern creatures, fossils, crystals, insects both dead and alive (I wasn’t so keen on the alive ones in the tanks on the top-level) stuffed animals, a bee hive behind glass that you could see right into, and a whole lot more.

They have made the Oxford University Museum of Natural History more fun for children by making it interactive, with so much for them to look at, but also things they are allowed to touch as well.

There were special ‘touch’ boxes where children could put their hand in and try to guess what it was in there, and whether it was man-made or natural, and plenty of drawers to pull open with butterflies and much more in. Harley especially enjoyed this side of things, and the photograph of him with his head in a dinosaur is literally the most favourite one I now have of him. It shows his character and cheek to a tee.

Oxford Museum

We didn’t even get to see everything at the museum, and we skipped the lovely smelly cafe at the top of the Museum, so if we ever get back to Oxford, we’ll definitely be going here again.

If you want something free to do in Oxford, then definitely check this place out, everyone loved it and the boys were fascinated with everything that they saw. I highly recommend this place. If you want to check opening times, events and more, then check out the Oxford University Museum of Natural History website.

Stevie x

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30 Comments

  1. 11 October 2015 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve never been to Oxford (*gasp* I know, right? In my defence I’ve been to Cambridge a million times ;) ), I really must ‘fix’ that, as it’s not like it’s hard for me to get to. In light of £17 parking though it certainly helps justify me getting the train!

    Looks like you guys had a great day. I love the Natural History Museum in London so I’m really keen to see Oxford’s one day :)

    • 11 October 2015 / 4:39 pm

      That was the first time I’d ever been there, I’ve realised recently just how many places I haven’t been – yet!

      Stevie x

  2. Tracey
    13 October 2015 / 8:32 am

    I didn’t realise Oxford university had a museum! Looks like a lovely city to visit :)

    • 13 October 2015 / 10:47 am

      I didn’t either, it’s not attached to the University but it’s not far from there and belongs to them. Oxford is definitely lovely :)

      Stevie x

  3. Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother
    13 October 2015 / 11:14 am

    I never knew Oxford has a natural history museum, it looks fab! Love the dinosaur and animal skeletons :)

    Gemma xx

    • 13 October 2015 / 1:40 pm

      It was a lovely place and such a beautiful building!

      Stevie xx

  4. 15 October 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I don’t live that far from Oxford yet haven’t been there for years. It’s a beautiful place x

    • 16 October 2015 / 11:39 am

      It was the first time we’d ever been and I loved it, although it was busy on a Saturday and living down here it seemed like a LOT of people to me ;)

      Stevie x

  5. sarah
    16 October 2015 / 8:39 am

    I love Natural History Museums – we were at the London one in the Summer and it was brilliant. We were there for hours (sans toddler obvs!). This one looks great tho. if I visit Oxford I’ll definitely be going ! #PicknMix

    • 16 October 2015 / 11:02 am

      I’ve only ever been to one other and it was so many years ago. That one was a bit dark and a little bit creepy, but this one was beautiful

      Stevie x

  6. 16 October 2015 / 10:27 am

    It looks and sounds beautiful. Hopefully one day I will have the opportunity to venture out there. Thank you for sharing ! #PicknMix

    • 16 October 2015 / 11:36 am

      I was a little bit in love with the building :)

      Stevie x

  7. 16 October 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I’ve been here & thought it was a really good museum. I went pre kids though, so will have to do it again with them one day. #picknmix

    • 16 October 2015 / 12:48 pm

      Definitely, it seems very child friendly to me, there’s not a lot they can get to to break, and there’s plenty that they are allowed to touch

      Stevie x

  8. 16 October 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Oxford is so beautiful. I love natural history museums. I go to the London one every time i’m there. Haha Harley definitely looks like he’s got a great sense of humour! It’s great that they’ve made it so interactive. It makes it so much for fun for kids. x

    • 16 October 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Harley is completely bonkers, they both are ;) I wouldn’t have it any other way though!

      Stevie xx

  9. 16 October 2015 / 10:17 pm

    I’ve never done more than drive through Oxford but the museum looks like a great day out! (Dinosaurs are always a win in my book!) #picknmix

    • 17 October 2015 / 9:17 am

      My boys have been a little bit dino mad this year after watching the new Jurassic Park! ;)

      Stevie x

  10. 17 October 2015 / 3:42 pm

    It reminds me of something from harry Potter looking at the outside photo! My little boy is dinosaur mad and I’ve been wanting to take him to a Natural History Museum for ages – will bear this in mind rather than having to go to London! #picknmix

    • 18 October 2015 / 11:45 am

      I thought the same about the outside! It’s definitely worth a visit, my boys loved it :)

      Stevie x

  11. 18 October 2015 / 10:42 am

    This looks great – my boys would love the dinos! ;-)

    We are only an hour and a half away from Oxford yet have still never visited the place properly so must add it on the to-do list! Thanks for hosting #picknmix

    • 18 October 2015 / 11:53 am

      This was the first time we’d been to Oxford and I loved it, there were oads of lovely looking shops as well but I was good and avoided them other than Paperchase who had a sale on ;)

      Stevie x

  12. Ashleigh
    18 October 2015 / 5:47 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing day out, ive never been myself, to be quite honest ive never been to oxford. Maybe one day when my little man would understand it a bit better. #PicknMix

    • 19 October 2015 / 12:59 pm

      It was lovely there, the castle is fab as well!

      Stevie x

  13. 19 October 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Cool! Dinosaurs! Ethan will love this! Thanks for sharing & hosting too. :)

    • 19 October 2015 / 1:06 pm

      I think they’re all a bit dino mad these days :)

      Stevie x

  14. 19 October 2015 / 8:41 pm

    This looks like great fun, will be adding it to our list should we ever be in Oxford :). I think Monkey would be fascinated with the dinosaurs :) Thanks for hosting #PickNMix

    • 19 October 2015 / 10:00 pm

      It’s a lovely place so I’m sure you;d love it :)

      Stevie x

  15. 20 January 2016 / 11:39 pm

    We went to Oxford about the same time as you but didn’t go inside the museum. It looks really great. We did however do a fantastic tour of the city. I didn’t know Lewis Carroll had his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland from the daughter of an Oxford Don.

    • 21 January 2016 / 11:02 am

      I would love to do a proper tour of the city, so maybe next time :) I love hearing the history of a place

      Stevie x