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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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Oxford University Museum of Natural History treasure moves online in first citizen science project

6 March 2015

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TCV launches Natural Talent UK traineeships across the UK

7 October 2014

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A lesson from the past: Greenhouse gas release caused 40°C ocean

11 September 2014


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