Big Bang Theories: Museum of the History of Science

Housed in the world’s oldest surviving museum building  (dating from 1683) when it was the home of the Ashmolean Museum before that institution moved to it’s current site in Beaumont Street – Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science contains about 20,000 scientific instruments; some used by the scientists of antiquity, others by more recent researchers. Like the other museums…

The Curious Case of Shrunken Head

The Pitt Rivers Museum is a very curious place, a very curious place indeed. In fact it is so curious you may not have realised you have entered it. Why? Because it shares a building with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with whom it won an award for family-friendliness. The only thing separating the two…

Dinos and Dodos: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

There’s something about Dinosaurs that really brings out the kid in me. I’m not really sure why, it’s hard not to feel like a youngling next to something so big and so old, maybe it’s because they bring back warm fuzzy memories of trips to the Natural History Museum when I was a child. As…

Ashmolean Museum: Britain’s Oldest Museum

The one thing the Ashmolean really shouts about -despite all the really amazing stuff inside- is that it is Britain’s oldest museum, pre-dating the British Museum by over 100 years. The Ashmolean has it’s roots in the Musaeum Tradescantianum which you might remember from the Garden Museum Adventure. Interestingly the building that is currently known as…