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.
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!
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.
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.
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.