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Museums & Galleries

OUMuseumofNaturalHistory.IMG_0491.jpgOxford has a truly remarkable concentration of museums and galleries, covering pretty much every form of art, and the whole range of human history and endeavour. Just as in other parts of Oxford cultural life, there really is much more here than anyone could reasonably expect in a city this size.

Most famous is the Ashmolean Museum, whose history goes back to 1620, but which was thoroughly modernised in 2009.  The collection includes antiquities and art from East and West, as well as the unique Cast Gallery.  Like all Oxford University museums it is free to visitors.

Museumdisplay.jpgAnother venerable, but innovative University museum is the Museum of the History of Science, which is housed in ‘the oldest surviving purpose-built museum building in the world’, but also renowned for its imaginative table talks and pioneering on-line exhibitions.

Actually, there is a museum or gallery for pretty much every taste: shrunken heads, modern art , medieval castles and modern prisons,  natural history and Victorian Gothic, books, Old Masters, more books, musical instruments, church plate and local history.

And, this is all without venturing more than three quarters of a mile from CMRS!

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You never know what you'll find
One afternoon, I left St. Michael's Hall with the desire for a cookie and thought I'd pick one up before heading back to the Bodleian. The shop around...
Gabrielle Linnell, Spring Semester 2012, Wellesley College