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Entry to the Museum is free, however, tickets must be booked in advance. We charge a £1.50 administration fee per person for all group visits. This includes groups from travel agencies, tour operators, summer schools, and EFL groups. School groups or non-commercial groups are exempt from our administration fee.

By booking in advance your entry at that specific time will be guaranteed. We will be able to control visitor flow in our spaces and make your visit as safe as possible. If the time slot or date you are hoping to book is not available, it is likely to be fully booked. In this case, please select an alternate time or date for your visit. 

Tickets are released in weekly batches (Monday-Sunday) every Friday, ten days in advance of the new set of tickets.

Opening hours

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). 

Entry to the Museum is free, but advanced booking is essential. Donations are very welcome and can be made via your ticket booking.

For more information about ticketing, please see our FAQs.

For more information about visitor safety, please see our FAQs.

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

 

What's changed?

Touchable specimens have either been removed or roped off for visitor safety. We ask that visitors please refrain from touching any of the objects at this time.

The Museums shop is only able to accept card payments at this time.

Accessible entrance closed

The Museum's accessible step-free entrance will be closed due to essential building work for approximately four weeks from Monday 21 June 2021. There is alternative step-free access available via a small inclined wheelchair stairlift. Please note the following important points:

  • Museum staff are on site to greet all visitors on arrival in front of the Museum - please inform a member of staff if you need to use the wheelchair stairlift.
  • Staff will assist you to use the lift when entering and leaving the Museum.
  • The lift platform is 100 cm long and 77 cm wide. It has a maximum weight capacity of 225 kg.
  • If you think your wheelchair is too large or heavy to use the lift safely, please contact the Museum in advance who will be able to arrange alternative step-free access via the Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • The wheelchair stair lift can also be used if you have an ambulant disability and are unable to use stairs. For safety reasons the Museum will provide a wheelchair for you to sit in while travelling on the lift. If you have a mobility aid, staff can carry this up the stairs for you.
  • The Museum's wheelchair-accessible WC will remain available for the duration of the building works.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these temporary arrangements, if you have any concerns please contact our Front of House Team on 01865 272950 or feedback@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Further information can be found on the Access Guide page for the Museum: https://www.accessguide.ox.ac.uk/university-museum.

Apologies for any inconvenience due to these changes.

 

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.

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. 

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