The Museum of Natural History Oxford is very interesting to explore with family, especially with children. Admission is free, the museum is in front of Klebe College, Parks Road and belongs to the University of Oxford. We were driving and it had plenty of free space in front that were reserved for the college crowd so we had a hard time parking. The museum building is almost as interesting as the museum itself it's Victorian with a glass roof supported by a metal frame giving plenty of light, it has a main floor and upstairs balconies for temporary exhibitions. Below has the story of evolution, remains of dinosaurs, elephants, rare birds, etc. and the background comes from the collection of university research. There are some interactive activities for children and a souvenir shop with educational books.
For the first time in a thousand years, the doors of Oxford Castle open to reveal all its secrets. The history of this place is not a happy tale, there was a lot of violence, killings, betrayals, and other events. The castle has been used as a prison since 1071, and remained so until 1996. The old building has been preserved and takes you into the past. Admission costs £ 7.50 per person, and 6.20 for students. If you arrive by train, take a ticket at the station and present your ticket at the entrance to receive a two for one. Pass through various environments, the jail debtors tower, the underground crypt, 900 years old, the hilltop castle built to defend in the eleventh century, the tower St George ... and at the top, enjoy great views of the historic city center.
The Pitt Rivers Museum, is a museum which specializes in archaeological and anthropological collections taken from Oxford University. It was founded in the year 1884 by General AUGUSTUS PITT RIVERS, who donated his collection to the University, and in return he was named permanent lecturer in Anthropology. The original donation of 20,000 pieces, has today reached 500,000, with the contribution of travelers, scholars and missionaries. The permanent team of this fantastic museum, participates in the teaching of Archaeology and Anthropology in this famous university. It is organized in a very didactic way, the pieces are displayed very impressively and it is therefore very popular with not only by tourists but also with schools and many English families. The PITT RIVERS MUSEUM won the award, along with the Natural History Museum in Oxford, as the Most Family Friendly Museum, in 2005, awarded by The Guardian.
The Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology) is located on Beaumont Street (Oxford, England), and is the first university museum. Its first building was built between 1678 and 1683 to house Elias Ashmole's collection, or cabinet of curiosities. He donated it to the University of Oxford in 1677.