You can’t help but think ‘British Museum’ as you walk up the steps to this museum of art and archaeology, and in many places inside the vibe continues. It’s not great for kids bar the occasional hands-on exhibit – send them down the road to the Pitt Rivers and the Natural History Museum – but it guides an interested adult through the history of civilisation with aplomb. It’s been recently transformed inside, and the display on the rebuild gets a particular thumbs-up. Don’t miss the rooftop restaurant either.
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This free museum in the centre of Oxford is a real treat. I spent three hours there but you could easily spend a day looking at the exhibits from all over the world. The museum has been refurbished and the quality of displays are excellent. However, there could have been more hands on activities and at times there could have been a little more information.
Although I went on a cold day the museum was warm so take a bottle of water and wear comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. You are not allowed to carry rucksacks around the museum but I could not see a cloakroom to leave my rucksack so irritatingly I had to carry it low down. The shop is well stocked with an interesting range. The cafe is in the basement and is very expensive. I think you would be better off to go out to one of the many cafes in Oxford and then come back into the museum.
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