Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2013
18-24 year old female
I have spent the last few months travelling through Cuba and Central America. I have recently written a few short TripAdviser guides which focus upon Havana and Antigua; two beautiful and exciting locations. I am also extremely passionate about South Africa and try to visit as often as possible. I love marathon running, yoga, healthy eating, eco friendly fashion and dreaming about my next trip. I am currently planning a trip to the West Coast of the United States.
Natural History Museums
History Museums, Science Museums
Castles, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is the world's first university museum. It houses an impressive array of artefacts; objects on display vary from ancient Egyptian mummies to Guy Fawke's lantern. The imposing building itself is also a work of great beauty, and the stunning exterior coupled with the vast number of exhibits inside make this museum a real must-see.
This museum was founded in 1860 and was of great significance in the ongoing debate surrounding the theory of evolution. Originally a hub for scientific research at the University of Oxford, the museum holds a vast amount of zoological and geological specimens and is a fascinating place to visit.
Pitt Rivers Museum is David Attenborough's favorite museum and for good reason. It houses the fascinating anthropological and archaeological collections of the University of Oxford, and as a venue steeped in history, it also benefits from an extremely unique atmosphere. Most of the labels here are handwritten in fountain pen, and date back to the 1800s!
The Museum of the History of Science houses a unique collection of early surgical instruments, with objects on display from classical antiquity to the early 20th century, and everything in between. Located in the Old Ashmolean; the building is also the oldest surviving purpose built museum!
The Bate Collection features a spectacular collection of over 1000 musical instruments which originate from all over the world. The collection is housed within the Faculty of Music at Oxford University, and fittingly, there are even replicas that you can enjoy playing yourself!
Visiting Oxford is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of both the city and the university. Despite the fact that Oxford is crammed full with world class museums, this is the only one that is dedicated to telling the story of Oxford. Head here for valuable insight concerning the city and its people: The exhibits span a vast time frame; from the prehistoric to the contemporary, and the types of object on display are equally as varied.
Modern Art Oxford is a must-see for those interested in art and architecture, and modern art enthusiasts in particular will enjoy the change from the historical to the contemporary that occurs as soon as you enter the premises. With a variety of free galleries and rotating exhibitions to explore, there is bound to be something which captures your imagination here.
The Story Museum is a fantastic place to take young children, where they can immerse themselves in storybooks, and can even enjoy dressing up as their favourite characters! The rooms are also decorated creatively, inspired by classic story books, and the overall interactive nature of this museum is sure to enthrall your child.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is great for children, who are sure to enjoy this guided tour led by costumed characters. Both compelling and informative, you'll learn all about the history of the 1000-year-old building as they lead you around the building, leaving you with a very different perspective on Oxford; one far removed from its academia.