Museums in Oxford
Step back in time during your visit to Oxford to uncover
a fascinating history that’s intertwined with the
Your first port of call to get a real feel for the area
should be The Oxford Story [map],
which can be found on Broad Street. This very modern experience
allows visitors to climb aboard one of Europe’s
longest indoor “dark” rides to explore
the beginnings of Oxford University and the fascinating
facts associated with it.
During your journey you will meet some of the writers,
scientists, politicians and eccentrics whose careers began
in Oxford. You
will also encounter 14th century riots between town and
gown, the Tudor threat to the colleges and Oxford as the
capital of Charles I’s realm.
Once you know all there is to know about the history of
the university your next stop should be The Pitt Rivers
Museum [map]. Here you’ll be able to expand your knowledge
of Oxfordshire and further afield as this museum specialises
in anthropology and world archaeology.
Covering a mammoth area and with several permanent collections,
you could spend a whole day at The Pitt Rivers Museum
uncovering some fascinating artefacts. Explore
Captain Cook's world and his experiences in Hawaii or
enjoy learning about early Japanese theatre. There’s
plenty to see and do here and there are fun elements to
keep the kids entertained too.
The natural world comes alive at The Oxford University
Museum of Natural History [map]. Not only is this
museum housed in a fantastically imposing building the
contents are sure to amaze and delight you too.
In fact, the whole family will adore this museum, from
the centre court with the two gigantic dinosaur skeletons to the lower arcade that charts the beginning of the universe
and the first single-cell organisms on earth. This is
a truly unique experience.
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