Oxford Museum of Natural History
Do you like dinosaurs or collect rocks? You will love the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. In addition to their great displays about zoology and geology, the building itself is absolutely gorgeous.
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History was completed in 1861 and is neo-Gothic in style. There is a beautiful arched glass roof supported by cast iron pillars. The pillars each have amazing wrought iron decorations of leaves and flowers at the top. Stone columns supporting the second floor are each made of a different local British stone and are topped by sandstone carvings. There are so many beautiful details it makes your head spin. There are chairs scattered around the museum and I saw folks sitting and reading novels like in a library. The glass roof creates such a lovely open atmosphere, perfect for relaxing I have to agree. If I lived nearby I would come everyday and sit in this beautiful space to draw. Artists- bring your sketchbook!
The building was the location of a famous debate about the theory of evolution in 1860.
Head to the rear of the Museum of Natural History to enter the Pitt Rivers Museum – read more about it here.
You might also like these museums:
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Royal Museums Greenwich
- Tate Britain
- Victoria & Albert Museum
- British Museum
- London Transport Museum
- Horniman Museum
- Ashmolean Museum
- Roman Baths
- Jane Austen Museum