10 Things to See and Do in Oxford, England

10 Things to See and Do in Oxford, England

Located in the central southern part of England, Oxford, a city of a little more than 150,000, is world renowned for its university. But the city has much more to offer than just the University of Oxford. There are luxurious hotels to stay in, and many attractions for visitors to explore. You can visit one of their world class museums, eat at one of their many eating establishments, catch a show at one of the theaters or admire the wonderful architecture of the churches, university, or Oxford Castle and take a stroll through the Harcourt Arboretum while visiting. The old-world beauty is sure to impress.

1. Pitt Rivers Museum

Located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum features archaeological and anthropological exhibits. Founded in 1884, Augustus Pitt Rivers donated his collection with the condition that a permanent anthropological lecturer be appointed. Even in present day, the staff of the museum are involved in teaching archaeology and anthropology at the University. The collections are fascinating and eerie. You will see skulls, shrunken heads, an era by era paleontology display, a Dodo and more that you can’t just see anywhere. The museum caters to all ages even offering a paper and pencil to visitors to find different species of dinosaur to make it even more interesting and a challenge to keep younger people excited to explore further. You’ll need several hours to browse this excellent, one-of-a-kind and vast collection.

2. Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Providing the only access to Pitt Rivers Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, also known simply as Oxford University Museum, exhibits natural history specimens and contains a lecture theater. If you want to visit Pitt Rivers Museum, you will also want to work a visitation of this museum into your agenda. Founded in 1860, the collection consists of geological and zoological specimens. The building itself is a sight to behold with its neo-Gothic architecture. Some of its more popular exhibits are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo and swifts in the tower. With more than 250,000 specimens, the zoological collection contains numerous endangered and extinct species. The Dodo exhibit is the most complete remains of that species in the world. Other collections worth mentioning include those of Thomas Bell, William Burchell and Charles Darwin. Between the two museums, you will need an entire day to take it all in.

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