Museums & Art Galleries
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The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, and as Britain’s first public museum it has quite a history. This is home to half a million years of human history and creativity, from ancient Egyptian Mummies to the latest modern art, and much more in between.
Museum of Natural History
Oxford University Museum of Natural History holds an internationally-significant collection of natural history specimens and archives. There’s the Oxford Dodo, dinosaurs, whale skeletons, meteorites and gemstones in an extraordinary neo-Gothic building.
Pitt Rivers Museum
You could easily miss this ‘hidden’ museum, because to reach it you have to go through the Museum of Natural History (above) and then through the doors to enter another world of anthropology and world archaeology. The building is worth the visit alone, but there are shrunken heads to see, antique firearms, a whole host of objects, artworks and artifacts from around the world – many displayed in the original wooden display cabinets.
The Oxford Bus Museum
This museum tells the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. There are historic preserved horse-drawn tram, motor buses, coaches and a wide selection of objects and ephemera – including bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters and staff uniforms. The museum also incorporates the Morris Motors museum, with examples of some of the iconic cars including, of course, the Morris Oxford.
History of Science Museum
Just next to the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, here you can see the original penicillin culture and specimen and read about this world changing discovery. There’s also Lewis Carroll’s photographic equipment, a blackboard used by Albert Einstein, and objects from the discovery of X-rays – and that’s just for starters!
Bodleian Library & Weston Library
There are guided tours of the historic Bodleian Library, which is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and first opened to scholars in 1602. Together the libraries have over 13 million printed items. The tours are very popular so book in advance, and they take you behind the scenes into these historic galleries – also famous these days as Hogwarts’ library in the Harry Potter films, so don’t be surprised if you see children wandering around dressed as their favourite character.
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Information correct at August 2020. Please confirm details direct with attraction. E&OE.
Why not take a picnic?
To make things easier we can put together a picnic lunch for you to take on your travels, just ask at reception for more details.