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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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Exhibition: Microsculpture – The Insect Portraiture of Levon Biss

7 April 2016 - Large-scale photographic exhibition reveals hidden beauty of insects at Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Exhibition: Bees (and the odd wasp) in my bonnet

4 February 2016 - Kurt Jackson exhibition showcases new work celebrating the importance and diversity of bees


Jurassic sea monster found in quarry is donated to Oxford University Museum of Natural History

21 January 2016 

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Exhibition: Handwritten in Stone

5 October 2015 - ‘Father of geology’ William Smith is celebrated in bicentenary special exhibition

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Dodo Roadshow

16 June 2015 - Oxford Dodo makes epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in celebration of museums and galleries

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Exhibition: Biosense

6 May 2015 - Could oxygen sensing revolutionise human medical treatment? How does light affect our behaviour? And how do bacteria sense their micro worlds? 


Museum of Natural History’s city centre project scoops national Museums + Heritage award

30 April 2015

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Museum of the Year Finalist

25 April 2015 - We are delighted to announce that the Museum has been selected as a Finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015.


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Scott Billings, Digital Engagement Officer,

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