Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Art Fund Museum of the Year
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Museum of the Year 2015 finalist

Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the museum now holds internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.

Henry Acland – the medic and educator who established the museum – enlisted John Ruskin to oversee the design, who in turn asked the members of the newly formed Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood for their advice. The resulting neo-Gothic building is 'a cathedral to nature', and perhaps the purest architectural expression of Pre-Raphaelitism.

In 2014 the museum reopened its doors after a 14 month closure to restore its Victorian iron and glass roof. The £4m project transformed the public space, with new LED lighting illuminating the collection and a major conservation of the suspended whale skeletons. Oxford University Museum of Natural History was one of the finalists for Museum of the Year 2015.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3PW
01865 272950

Free to all

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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