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Explore the World in Oxford’s Museums

  1. 1. A brief guide to what’s on show
  2. 2. • Oxford – a dreamy city renowned as a centre of learning – is also a paradise for museum fans. There are a great variety of collections that will appeal both to visitors with specialist interests, and to those looking to learn something new. Most museums are within easy reach of many hotels in Oxford, so visitors can easily visit a selection during their stay. Check out these top museums to start your journey of exploration…
  3. 3. The Ashmolean Museum was theworld’s first university collection,and is still one of the most famous inthe world. It’s also the oldestmuseum collection in the UK, havingopened in its original location inMay 1683 as a repository for thecuriosities amassed by the eclecticcollector Elias Ashmole. Now in anew location on Beaumont Street,the museum houses the university’scollection of art and antiquities, andwith free admission is an essentialstop on your Oxford museum tour.Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH,http://www.ashmolean.org
  4. 4. Home of Oxford University’sextensive scientific collections, theMuseum of Natural History is oftenpopular with young visitors eager tocheck out the dinosaur andzoological specimens. With around4.5 million specimens (making itBritain’s largest scientific collectionoutwith the national collections), it’salso a great place to learn aboutentomology, geology, mineralogyand more.Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW,www.oum.ox.ac.uk
  5. 5. Another highly family-friendlymuseum, the Museum of the Historyof Science is housed in the oldestpurpose-built museum buildingsurviving in the world. It contains afascinating collection of scientificinstruments from throughout historyand around the world, and givesgreat insight into how far scientificstudies have come.Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ,www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
  6. 6. Take a virtual journey around theworld in the Pitt Rivers Museum,home of Oxford University’santhropology and worldarchaeology collections. Buildingupon the original collection donatedby General Augustus Pitt Rivers, themuseum now contains over 500,000specimens organised thematicallyby usage. It’s a captivating tourthrough all the world’s cultures.Enter through Oxford UniversityMuseum of Natural History, ParksRoad, Oxford OX1 3PW,www.prm.ox.ac.uk
  7. 7. If you want to get some fresh airwhile exploring a top-notchcollection, Britain’s oldest botanicgarden (founded 1621) offers animpressively diverse collection in asurprisingly compact area. For thosecraving a woodland wander, theHarcourt Arboretum features anexcellent collection of trees andother plants in its attractive groundsjust 6 miles south of Oxford.Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ,www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.ukOxford Lodge Peacock Gate,Oxford OX44 9PX, www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk
  8. 8. One of the most significant privateart collections in the country, ChristChurch Picture Gallery forms partof Christ Church College. It boasts astunning collection of around 300Old Master paintings, plus nearly2000 drawings that are show onrotation, and is particularlyrecognised for its collection ofItalian art from the 14thto 18thcenturies. The collection includesworks by Fra Angelico, FilippinoLippi, Anthony Van Dyck, Frans Hals,Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, plusdrawings by the likes of da Vinci,Dürer, Raphael, Michelangelo, andRubens.St Aldates Oxford OX1 1DP,www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery
  9. 9. A fascinating trip through the historyof the western classical musictradition, the Bate Collection boastsover 2000 musical instruments,about half of which are on displayin the museum. The collectionincludes samples of woodwind,brass, percussion and stringedinstruments that date from theMiddle Ages up until the presentday.Faculty of Music, St Aldates,Oxford OX1 1DB,www.bate.ox.ac.uk
  10. 10. (Photo Credits: Philip Halling via Geograph.org,BazzaDaRambler via Flickr, Mo Costandi viaFlickr, carlosfpardo via Flickr, bortescristian viaFlickr, Martin Beek via Flickr, Richard Holmes viaWikimedia)