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Opening times

The Museum is open daily, 10am–5pm.

Over the Christmas period we will be closed on the the following dates:

  • 24, 25 and 26 December

  • 1 and 2 January 2022

Group bookings

From 1 October 2021 entry to the Museum is no longer ticketed and pre-booking is not required except for group visits. All groups must book in advance to visit the Museum.

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

 

Travelling to the Museum

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.

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.

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.

Coaches

Before your visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, please read this information and share it with your coach driver:

Please do not stop on Parks Road for school drop-offs and pick-ups.

Due to extensive construction work taking place on Parks Road (the road on which the Museum is located) you must not stop, drop off or pick up your school party on this road. The increase in large construction vehicles outside of the Museum, along with the road works and alterations to the cycle lane, makes it very dangerous for coaches to stop on Parks Road.

Please use Keble Road for school drop-offs and pick-ups.

We have identified Keble Road as the safest place for coaches to drop off and pick up school parties. This is just to stop for a brief amount of time. It is best to approach Keble Road from North Oxford, travelling through Summertown and the Banbury Road. After dropping off/picking up your school party, you can exit Keble Road by making a loop round to the left, turning down Blackhall Road then Museum Road. Please see the map below for the route to take. The map also shows the walking route for school parties, including where to cross at the pedestrian crossing to reach the Museum.

coach arrivals' map 2021

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. The use of tripods is not permitted in the Museum without prior arrangement.

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. 

Eating and drinking in the Museum

Eating and drinking are not permitted outside the Café area in the Museum, aside from the use of bottled water.

Why can't I eat or drink in the Museum?

Consumption of food and drink leads to an increase in the amount of organic matter in and around our exhibitions and collections, which attracts many insect pests that can damage our collections. Organic matter also brings ‘pedestrian’ insects into the building. Pedestrian insects are not collections pests and will not damage specimens, but when they die or produce frass (insect poo) they are increasing the load of organic matter in the Museum. This becomes another source of food for harmful species, such as Anthrenus (carpet) beetles and their larvae, and attracts them into the building.

What do you do to control insects in the building?

Have you ever seen a little black box, white triangular cage or green cardboard tube whilst walking around a museum or historic building? If so, you have probably spotted an IPM monitoring trap. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management, and this is the process employed by most buildings housing historic and valuable collections. There are a wide variety insect pests that can damage papers, glues, feathers, furs, textiles, woods and dried organic matter. These include species of booklice, moths, silverfish, carpet beetles and a few others.

It is because of these insect pests that we kindly ask you to not eat or drink around the museum outside the Museum Café area, which is not amongst any of our major exhibitions and is rigorously cleaned daily so we can be confident that it is not posing a risk to any of our collections.

Harmful pest populations will increase in the Museum if food and drink are consumed outside of the designated Café area, which increases in the risk of causing irreversible damage to our precious and historic exhibitions and collections. We want to preserve our specimens for future generations to enjoy. We ask you to please help us in this task by not eating or drinking around the museum and not moving or disturbing any IPM monitoring traps you may find during your visit.

Complaints and feedback

Have you been to the Museum recently, or have otherwise interacted with us and our digital offerings, and would like to share your feedback? Whether you had a fantastic experience or one that you thought could have been better, we would love to hear from you in order to improve our customer service.

All feedback will be handled sensitively and completely confidentially, following any relevant data protection requirements.

View our full complaints and feedback policy at the link below.

Complaints and feedback policy