Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Real World Science partner

Oxford University Museum of Natural History has a popular education programme offering free taught sessions for students at every Key Stage.

The Museum has 7 million fossil, mineral and animal specimens.  These are used to give an insight into the natural world that can’t be given at school.

Key Stage 3

During Dinosaur Days, KS3 pupils explore the prehistoric world through fun and engaging activities. In The Age of the Earth Workshop they compare the work of geologists, physicists, chemists and biologists and find out how all have made a contribution to our understanding of processes that shape the landscape and life on the planet. The Biodiversity Workshop encourages students to marvel at the diversity, complexity and beauty of life on Earth using real specimens and live animals. In The Colour of Nature workshop we explore colour in the natural world with specimens and spectrometers.

Key Stage 4

In the Great Debate Workshop pupils discuss the principles of Darwin's ideas and the   evidence used to support them. You can also visit the very room where the first public debate on Darwin's ideas took place.


From Kingdom to Species is a workshop exploring the connection between taxonomy, classification and phylogeny by handling and comparing Museum specimens. University scientists regularly contribute to the post-16 schools programme through Study Days where scientists talk to schools about their research. Pupils have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Museum and find out how scientists use the collections today.

We hope you are inspired to bring your group to the Museum. If you would like to find out more visit the Museum website by following the link below. To make a booking, please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk  or phone 01865 282 451.

Go to the Oxford Museum of Natural History website

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