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Visitors & Friends
Museums, collections, libraries and information
The University Museums hold internationally renowned, and diverse collections. As well as being centres of excellence, research and scholarship, the Museums are involved in extensive public and community engagement.
George McGavin introduces the four museums in this short film.
Chris Jarvis, Education Officer, University Museum of Natural History
We hope to raise children’s awareness of the natural world around them and to give them the skills to study it further. Hopefully we are encouraging the next generation of natural scientists.
For example, in the year 2011/12 we had just under 2m visitors (1,961,897), including 120,996 children on school trips. Outreach sessions and guided tours at the museums have been held for community groups including Oxford Night Shelter, the John Radcliffe Hospital, MIND groups across the county, Family Language, Literacy and Numeracy groups and Oxfordshire Hospital School. The University museums are also partners of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project investigating the therapeutic potential of object handling in healthcare.
Admission to all four museums is free.