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.
Are you a young person looking to get involved with museum events? In August, we will launch the Natural Science and Heritage scheme, a 4-week paid opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students from Oxfordshire state schools.
Visiting the Museum soon? We’re looking for visitors to take part in a study to help us evaluate some of our displays. If you can spare 30 minutes during your visit, you will receive a free voucher! Interested? Click 'Find out more' for more information and how to sign up.
Angela Palmer – '2020: The Sphere that Changed the World'
Special exhibition: 18 May – 17 September 2021
Powerful and beautiful artwork created as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the world. Angela Palmer's two ethereal sculptures are three-dimensional ‘drawings’ of the virus that causes COVID-19, etched into illuminated sheets of glass.
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.
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.