If your little one loves dinosaurs or fossils, then you must head to Oxford university museum of Natural History ASAP!!
It is free and has full length Dino skeletons, huge triceratops skull, other animal skeletons such as giraffe and elephants, giant ammonite, an actual meteorite, bear you can stroke, etc etc. We had so much fun trying to figure out which skeleton belonged to who?
It is brilliant and has enough to keep my 4 year old interested! It must be even more amazing for older children. There were children from school trips with note books and pencils (and I loved watching them draw)
I have been told there was an interactive beehive as well but it was closed due to ongoing renovations
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Oxford Pitts river museum is also free and accessible through the Oxford Natural History Museum. As opposed to conventional museums, all objects are grouped together by subject rather than times or location in the Pitt Rivers museum, so you can compare different aspects of the same things in different cultures/countries etc. All exhibits are displayed in glass cabinets in a compact manner, which is great that your little ones can not touch them, but I would have preferred them without the glass.There were some things that interested my son, but mostly he was just roaming around, so this part is not suitable for toddlers/4-5 year olds. There are so many cabinets over three floors, and I think it would be impossible to steer a buggy through them. There were school children with their teachers walking around, so it is probably more fascinating for the late primary age group&above.
Watch the video of PITTS RIVER MUSEUM HERE
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🗺 Address: Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW
🎟 Free entry but need to book slot online HERE
🚘 No dedicated parking but you can park in central oxford or Westfield, which is always a nightmare. We took the bus, which added to the adventure, and If you are able to, that is what I would recommend (to save the cost of expensive oxford parking and hassle of having to constantly look at the watch to avoid overstaying).You can use park and ride (Find the one closest to you HERE) but If you do want to drive in, the best and cheapest option (in my opinion) is to park in the West gate car park, which is an easy walk to the town centre, instead of at and around St. Giles street. Visit the Westgate Oxford website for uptodate prices.
Toilets and baby facilities on site (breast feeding friendly)
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities on site
🍕 Small collection of drinks in a driving cabin outside or you can walk over to st.Giles
🧺 Not enough space for Picnic inside but you can do at the nearby university parks
🦽 Steps at the entrance, but flat within the natural history museum. Pitts river museum will not be possible with a pram
🐕 Dogs not allowed
The museum is not HUGE, so is great for kids, but you won’t spend a full day out here. We went for a stroll around the university parks afterwards. You could walk to the Oxford colleges if you wished (but we have done that a few times now). You can go hunting for treasures such as statues, carvings, quirky signs and street decorations as you go around these places, by using treasure trail map (6.99£ including delivery but you can use my affiliate link online for 10% off HERE or simply by using the coupon code OXFMUM).
Museum of Oxford is a small one but has interactive features for kids, so can be a good time filler and is very close. Oxford History of Science museum is also close by, though I don’t think it is suitable for small children. Ashmolean Museum, considered to be the world’s first university museum, is quite near but is HUGE. If you wouldnt mind spending some money, then go to the Story Museum. It is well worth it.If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE