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!
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.
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.
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!