Immerse yourself in history and enjoy time at one of Oxfordshire's very best museums. In a county steeped in history, culture and diversity you'll find a fascinating insight into bygone times and all completely free of charge! Don't delay, get your curiousity ready and go discover the past.


Pitt Rivers Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum
If you've haven't visited Pitt Rivers Museum you are missing a trick. This well-loved museum in Oxford is a great way to discover the past, particularly with children. Every Saturday you can get your hands on some of the artifacts and they regularly have free organised workshops for the over 5s and some special activities for the under 5s. With free activity trails for all ages and available to print at home directly from their website, you can get started as soon as you arrive then stop off in their welcoming cafe for lunch. Don't miss the shrunken heads!

The Oxfordshire Museum
The Oxfordshire Museum
A hidden gem in Woodstock, the Oxfordshire Museum is very family friendly and children will find wonder in the dinosaur garden. You'll find dinosaur footprints dug up from Ardley Quarry amid the collection of Jurassic plants. Dress up in the dinosaur costumes, study the fossils or follow the dinosaur activity trails - it's fair to say budding paleontologists will be in their element!
 
There's no need to rush away either because you can get food and drink in their quiet garden cafe.

 
Ashmolean Museum
ashmolean
In the very heart of Oxford, the Ashmolean attracts visitors from all over the world and is always a hot spot for tourists. Locals need not miss out and should take time to visit the museum of art and archaeology. On the last Friday of every month, they keep the doors open until 8pm allowing visitors to stay until after the usual closing hours. A true night at the museum! As well as late nights, the Ashmolean host outdoor cinema screenings and festivals, coupled with free sketching materials and family trails. On Thursday mornings during term time, they hold special themed events for families with younger children between 3-5 years old.
 
At the bookable rooftop terrace restaurant or the more relaxed cafe, you can find a selection of food and drink to satisfy your tastebuds.

Banbury Museum
Banbury Museum
Located on the canal in the centre of Banbury, you can access the museum inside Castle Quay shopping centre. Here you'll discover what life on the waterways used to be like and how the market town of Banbury has been developed. The museum has some well-regarded activities for children and, for a small charge, activitiy trials are available. Some past exhibitions have included Marvellous Machines and Brick Wonders where visitors could discover the seven wonders of the world in Lego!
 
Cafe Red is the place to stop for something to eat at the museum including a good childrens menu and they are happy to adapt the meals to suit.

Museum of Natural History
Museum of Natural History
If you want natural history, you'll get it by the lorry load here. Oxford's Museum of Natural History can easily claim to be one of the best in the country. The collection of Oxfordshire's dinosaurs shows exhibits such the Megalosaurus, discovered in Stonesfield, and replicas of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. You'll also find the remains of the famous Oxford Dodo as well as skeletons of a polar bear, giraffe, rhinoceros, a camel and elephants! Families can get hands on by stroking a black bear, picking up some sketching materials at the reception desk and holding a 4.5 billion year old meteorite.
 
The Museum Cafe is run by Mortons so you'll find their usual great selection of fresh sandwiches and snacks. Free WIFI is available throughout the museum.