Oxford University Museum of Natural History holds an internationally-significant collection of natural history specimens and archives in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. It is home to a lively programme of research, teaching and events focused on the sciences of the natural environment.
This morning, the 5th of May and right on cue, we were treated to the first two Swifts performing a low, high-speed fly-by of the tower. Read the new blog by Museum Education Officer Chris Jarvis all about the return of the swifts!
Yes, lockdown 3 is long but imagine being stuck on a boat for years on end with no TV, no internet and definitely no Netflix. Luckily, when Charles Darwin set sail on the HMS Beagle in 1831 he had access to a library of over 400 books on the ship. For Darwin Day, 12th February, we explored some of what Darwin read to help him pass the time…
2018 was the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. To mark this success in women’s rights, Museum staff members have chosen and written about a number of notable women that they find inspiring and have shaped science throughout history. Read the profiles of some of the most extraordinary female scientists, written by our Exhibitions Officers.
Join us for a very special digital version of our popular in-house event Super Science Saturday, with free online activities created by scientists and our Museum for ages 8+. Learn about current research examining the diversity of our world! In each section, you will find out about a different area of science, the people who are doing this research, and be able to try out an activity.
Find out more about why we are fundraising to protect and share our British Insect collection of 1 million+ specimens as part of the HOPE for the Future project, and how you can help. Our unique British Insect Collection includes butterflies, beetles, bees, flies, fleas and more! This page tells you more about our fundraising goals of conservation, public engagement, and the restoration of the Museum's Westwood Room.
Crunchy on the outside: a blog for young entomologists from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Our team will be sharing news about insects and the natural world, people who work with insects and help to protect them, the work behind the scenes at the Museum, and new things for you to make and do.
The online version of our most recent First Animals exhibtion which tells the story of how animal life first evolved in the oceans over half a billion years ago. Please note that the gallery exhibition is now closed.