A field trip to the Oxford museums

We took the bus into Oxford for a day of home education at the museums.  We love wandering round Oxford looking at the stunning architecture, the reason we moved to Oxford in the first place is because I was studying architecture at university here.

The Museum of the History of Science

As we were wandering along to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) we were going past the Museum of the History of Science.  We hadn’t planned on visiting that museum because I find it to be the most boring museum on the face of the planet but then I noticed a big banner outside saying they had a special crystal exhibition so I thought we’d go and see that.  There were literally about five small crystals on display, I’ve never known such a pants exhibition in my life so we swiftly left!

Museum of the History of Science

 Oxford University Museum of Natural History

After a bit more of a walk we came to the museum we really wanted to visit.  The OUMNH has zoological, entomological and geological specimens.  The building itself is neo-Gothic, grade 1 listed.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

I got the girls to think about what questions they could investigate when they looked at the dinosaurs.  I got them to notice how some had claws and some didn’t, some had horns and some didn’t, some had huge nostrils and others had tiny ones.  I got them to look at the shape of the teeth and where the eyes were positioned.  I asked them for their theories on how they thought the different dinosaurs lived and it was brilliant because it really got them thinking about it.  I prefer this kind of learning so much more than looking at books and just believing other people’s theories as fact.  Books help enormously but they should never be completely relied on.

After all that brain power we went outside for a bit of fresh air and a good look at the casts of real dinosaur footprints.

Pitt Rivers Museum

With fresh air in our lungs we went to the Pitt Rivers Museum which has anthropological and archaeological collections.  This museum is jam packed full of stuff and each time I go I notice something I hadn’t seen before.  One of the men working there asked us if we’d like to do a mouse hunt and the girls said yes.  Off we went with our instructions and clues in search of fourteen mice hidden around the museum.

Mouse hunt

Mouse hunt

Pitt Rivers Museum

We had such a fun day out and the rain just about held off until we were on the bus on our way back home, another good thing was that other than our bus fare this day  out didn’t cost us a penny!

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  1. I’ve always fancied the Pitt Rivers Museum. I think once my youngest is a bit older we’ll take a trip down. I miss my sojourns in Oxford-looks like you had a great time :)
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    • It does make a good day out x

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    • It is really great there x

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  2. The Pitt Rivers is my favourite museum. We love going there. Just wandering around Oxford. I feel a trip to Oxford coming on! Lovely photos. #CountryKids
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    • It’s just so full of stuff, they couldn’t fir any more in if they tried!

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    • It’s funny when children first realise just how big dinosaurs actually were!

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  3. Such a fun and educational day – one of the best ways to learn! With the exception of the crystal museum the others were amazing and a fountain of first hand knowledge for the children. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
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    • Education should always be fun otherwise it’s just not being done right! x

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  4. Natural History Museums are our favourites! They make all the theory so much more interesting and memorable. Oxford is a beautiful place, you are lucky to live near there. Nice to find out a bit more about you as you post. x Mel

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    • There are parts of Oxford that are fantastically beautiful, it’s like going back in time x

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    • Oxford is great for a day trip x

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  5. OMG – what a blast from the past this post is – I went to the OUMNH when I was about the age of your girls and LOVED it. I had consigned the memories to the deepest recesses of my brain but the moment I saw your pictures the memories of my visit came flooding back. Thank you so much!
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  6. That building looks incredible, museums can be such a great day out, especially when they are free! My little boy would love those dinosaur footprints, looks like a great day!
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  7. I love the architecture of Oxford too – those dreamy spires! Lovely images x
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  8. I love Pitt Rivers (don’t think I’ve ever been to the natural history one), and can’t wait to take N when he’s a bit older. There’s just so much to do in Oxford.
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    • We all learn so much if it’s interesting to us x

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