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Facts and figures

Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages. 

Highlights in the collections include the world's first scientifically described dinosaur – Megalosaurus bucklandii – and the world-famous  Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo.

The Museum is part of the University of Oxford's Gardens, Libraries and Museums and is overseen by the Board of Visitors and supported by Honorary Associates. The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology adjoins the Museum building, so both places can be enjoyed in a single trip.

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News releases

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Museum of Natural History and Oxford Neuroscience win Public Engagement Award for ‘Brain Diaries’

28 June 2017 

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Prog rock giants Pink Floyd honoured in naming of newly-discovered – and, yes, bright pink – pistol shrimp

20 April 2017 - Image credit: Arthur Anker

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Exhibition: Brain Diaries

13 February 2017 - 'Brain Diaries' explores the mysteries of the brain’s development at each stage of life, from before birth until old age.


Museum director Professor Paul Smith receives prestigious Polar Medal for contribution to Arctic science

23 January 2017 


Rare Jurassic sea reptiles set for public display thanks to £90k DCMS/Wolfson funding

17 January 2017

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Artists respond to fragile and beautiful Arctic landscape in Museum’s Oxfordshire Artweeks show

8 November 2016


Dinosaur seeks new home… Could you look after the Museum of Natural History’s Utahraptor?

20 July 2016

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Museum of Natural History named ‘Best of the Best’ at Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence

19 May 2016


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Scott Billings, Digital Engagement Officer,

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