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Museums in Oxford Step back in time during your visit to Oxford to uncover a fascinating history that’s intertwined with the famous university.

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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