When autumn arrives and little by little the cold is the moment to visit those covered places that allow us to continue enjoying the city but without getting cold. If you visit Oxford, you should not miss any of its museums, as they are of national interest and also free of charge. There is something for everyone, choose yours:
Museum of Oxford
If you want to find out more about the city of Oxford, this is your museum. It allows you to see old photos, the original Carfax Tower Quarter Boys, maps of different periods in which we can see the rapid expansion of the city when it began to be a university city or images of the arrival of the Mini to Oxford. It is a very small museum so it is very affordable for a quick visit if you are just a day in Oxford and has many interactive sections for children.
The Ashmolean Museum
It is the reference museum of the University of Oxford. Here you can find pieces from ancient Egypt, the Chronicle of Paros (the oldest Greek chronological table), and numerous paintings by Paolo Uccello, Titian, Rembrandt, Edouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso…
Modern Art Oxford
Sculpture, architecture, photography, painting, drawing… everything a lover of contemporary art needs. It is a leading contemporary art space in England with an international reputation. You can enjoy temporary exhibitions brought from the best galleries in the world. And this is what makes it so interesting; being temporary exhibitions you can visit it every month because you will always find something different. You can visit the programme for the coming months here.
Museum of Natural History
. In the first instance only its building is already hallucinatory, neo-gothic style does not leave anyone indifferent. One of its most important pieces is a Dodo, which is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll and the writing of Alice in Wonderland.
Pitt Rivers Museum
It’s a “tailor’s box” museum, with pieces as varied as dwarf heads, jewels from different eras, fabrics from the world, tribal tools… One of the museum’s dwarf heads served as inspiration for the head hanging on Harry Potter’s night bus.
Museum of History of Science
A city like Oxford, full of celebrities of all kinds throughout history, needed a science museum, and in fact, it is the first museum built in order to be precisely a museum, previously museums had been located in buildings that were originally designed for other purposes. Be sure to visit the Einstein slate if you visit this museum.