About Life, as we know it
Oxford University Museum of Natural History is reinvigorating its Main Court with high-end cases and updated exhibits. Visitors will be able to experience our collections like they never have done before, with new displays showcasing Life, as we know it.
Focusing on the interactions between our planet’s evolutionary and geological histories, our new exhibits will trace the story of life on Earth and celebrate our planet’s incredible biodiversity.
Life, as we know it is an ambitious, multi-stage project that began in 2018 with the installation of our Out of the Deep displays (Phase 1). During the summer of 2022, we will be completing work on Phase 2 of the project as we create new displays in the centre aisle of the Main Court. We will be continuing work on the Life, as we know it over the next few years, with plans to update exhibits that extend throughout the Museum.
Research-led: Scientists from across the University of Oxford have contributed their world-leading expertise to the development of our new displays.
Accessible to all: Our new exhibits are designed to appeal to everyone from the casual browser to the detail-hungry learner.
Inspiring change: Our new displays will consider the past and future of our planet, with an aim to inspire our 750,000+ yearly visitors to take action and help preserve global biodiversity.
We need your support:
Support Life, as we know it and help shape the future of our Museum. Donations to the General Fund will help support the redisplay across four key areas: