See the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in a new light.
Beyond the specimens and displays, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s building is a source of artistic, scientific, and architectural inspiration in itself.
Join an enthusiastic volunteer guide for a free tour of the museum’s incredible architecture and discover the decorations and stories hidden in plain sight.
The museum building is as spectacular today as when it opened in 1860. It is a striking example of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture, and its style was strongly influenced by the ideas of 19th-century art critic John Ruskin.
Ruskin believed that architecture should be shaped by the energies of the natural world, and thanks to his connections with several eminent Pre-Raphaelite artists, the museum’s design and decoration now stand as prime examples of the Pre-Raphaelite vision of science and art.
Bear-whales, angels, hidden bats – the museum building is chock full of architectural visions of the natural world. A world-first in 1860 and unique to this day, this building teaches you about the natural world in its very fabric.
Free event. Drop in. No booking is required.
2.30pm to 3.00pm and 3.15pm to 3.45pm
For more information, please visit the museum’s accessibility webpage