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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

Reconstruction of two Tragichrysa ovoruptora newborns

Newborn insects trapped in amber show first fossil evidence of how to crack an egg

20 December 2018

Computer illustration of a long-necked plesiosaur

Jurassic reptiles come Out of the Deep in new display

19 September 2018

Bacterial world exhibition

A new exhibition at the Museum of Natural History: Bacterial World

19 October 2018 – 28 May 2019

project insect find landscape

Primary school pupil’s rare beetle find is snapped up by Museum of Natural History

23 July 2018

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Major fossil study sheds new light on emergence of early animal life 540 million years ago

21 May 2018


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