Tour the museums of oxford on our summer school

Accommodation for the Oxbridge International Summer School is situated opposite the Museum of Natural History, a handsome Victorian building. It is home to Oxford University’s collection of specimens from the natural world – from the tiniest insects to the largest dinosaurs. It is also home to the only remaining soft tissue sample of a dodo in the world, which served as inspiration for C.S Lewis’ characterful dodo in Alice in Wonderland, and more recently has allowed scientists to sequence the dodo genome.

The museum was founded in 1860, and served as a venue for one of the most significant debates on evolutionary biology in history. The scientist Thomas Huxley, a major advocate of Darwin’s theory, debated with the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, who famously asked Huxley if it was “through his grandfather or grandmother that he claimed descent from a monkey”.

OISS students are taken on a tour of all of Oxford’s museums, including the museum of Natural History. To find out more about the museum, then you can find out more here.

To find our more about the activities and excursions planned for Oxbridge International Summer School students, see our ‘Explore Oxford’ page.

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 The first floor gallery of the Oxford Museum of Natural History

The first floor gallery of the Oxford Museum of Natural History