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Following Government advice relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Museum will be closed until further notice.

Founded in the 19th century as the focus for scientific activity at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now houses truly remarkable collections and is a vibrant and welcoming place to visit.

The Main Court of the Museum will be transformed in 2020, with the large showcases replaced and beautiful new displays installed. Please visit here for more information on the project.

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am to 5pm.

Entry to the Museum is free. Donations are welcome.

Groups of ten or more must book in advance. We also appreciate advance bookings by smaller organised groups.

How to get here

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Address

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Rd

Oxford

OX1 3PW

 

Phone number

+ 44 1865 272 950

 

Parking, public transport and access

Oxford University Museum of Natural History is located in the centre of Oxford on Parks Road, OX1 3PW. It is a five-minute walk from the Bodleian Libraries and in the same building as the Pitt Rivers Museum

There is no parking at the Museum (except limited blue-badge parking), so we recommend you use public transport or Park and Ride.

Park and Ride

Oxford is well served by a number of Park and Ride services from different parts of outer Oxford, with city centre stops within walking distance of the Museum. There are five Park and Ride car parks (on the A40 at Headington; Redbridge, Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington; and Seacourt at Botley). The main car park for the city is at the Westgate.

By bus

There are regular buses from Oxford station that stop within walking distance of the Museum. From Bus Stop R4 at the train station, take the 500, 14 or 14A. Alight after eight stops at the Keble Road bus stop.

By train

The Museum is a 20-minute walk from Oxford train station (Oxford Parkway station is further from the city centre). Directions for walking from the train station.

Directions for walking from the Oxford train station 

Once you leave the station building, go down the steps past the buses and take the pedestrian crossing over the road so that you have the Saïd Business School on your left. Follow this road over a bridge, and shortly after that the road will curve to the left.

You will soon come across a set of traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. Take the pedestrian crossing and walk up Beaumont Street. You will see the Ashmolean Museum on your left and the Randolph Hotel on your right.

Once you get to the end of Beaumont Street, you will see a junction and a series of pedestrian crossings. First, cross the road so that you are on the same side as the Randolph Hotel, then take the pedestrian crossing to your left towards the Martyr’s Memorial. Cross over the bus lane, so that you are back on the pavement.

Walk up this street, with the Ashmolean across the road on your left, until you come to an archway alongside the Lamb & Flag pub. Enter the archway and walk along the narrow passageway past the tree. This will open out into a larger street, which you should follow until you see a pedestrian crossing at the end of the road.

Cross the road and you will immediately see a large Gothic building with large oak doors; this is the Museum. Enter through the front doors.

Do you have an access requirement?

Find out more about the access options the Museum has in place to meet your needs.

Pay and Display

There is pay and display parking close to the Museum on Mansfield Road, Keble Road and Blackhall Road. View fees and locations.

Policy on photography and art materials

Non-commercial photography is welcome at the Museum. For any commercial photography or filming please make an enquiry in advance.

We encourage visitors to draw in the Museum, but only graphite pencils are permitted. Other art materials can cause a conservation risk to the building and specimens.