The best museums in Oxford in 2022

These are the top 10 best museums in Oxford, England, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Oxford:

  1. Ashmolean Museum1

    Ashmolean Museum

    Oxford
    The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many riches we have the world’s gr
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  3. Pitt Rivers Museum2

    Pitt Rivers Museum

    Oxford
    Pitt Rivers Museum is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to: photography, world cultures, costume and textiles, music, religion, toys and hobbies, agriculture, weapons and war and archaeology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: the museum's displays contain
  4. Oxford University Museum of Natural History3

    Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Oxford
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to Natural Sciences and Archaeology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Zoological, entomological, palaeontological, petrological and mineral specimens, Designated Collection, D
  5. Oxford Castle Unlocked4

    Oxford Castle Unlocked

    Oxford
    Oxford Castle Unlocked is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to: law and order, personalities, social history, religion and architecture. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: marshall william smith, geoffrey of monmouth, crime and punishment, victorian prison,
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  7. University of Oxford Botanic Garden5

    University of Oxford Botanic Garden

    Oxford
    University of Oxford Botanic Garden is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to Natural Sciences.
  8. Museum of the History of Science6

    Museum of the History of Science

    Oxford
    Museum of the History of Science is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to: medicine, archives, maritime, world cultures, decorative and applied art, science and technology and natural sciences. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: royal microscopical society,
  9. The Story Museum7

    The Story Museum

    Oxford
    There are two exhibitions at The Story Museum. Tea with Alice: Contemporary illustrators reveal the new golden age of Alice illustration and how Carroll's famous stories have inspired images across the world. Rochester’s Extraordinary Story Loom: The story of Barnabas Rochester’s only surviving stor
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  11. Harcourt Arboretum8

    Harcourt Arboretum

    Oxford
    Located just 6 miles south of Oxford in the village of Nuneham Courtenay, the Harcourt Arboretum is an integral part of the plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. With 130 acres of ornamental trees, woods and wildflower meadow, there is plenty of space to explore and a wide var
  12. Christ Church Picture Gallery9

    Christ Church Picture Gallery

    Oxford
    Christ Church is unique among Oxford and Cambridge colleges in possessing an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, housed in a purpose-built gallery designed by architects Powell and Moya. The collection is strongest in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, including paintings by
  13. Museum of Oxford10

    Museum of Oxford

    Oxford
    Museum of Oxford is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to: natural sciences, weapons and war, literature, personalities, archives, social history, archaeology, industry, toys and hobbies, costume and textiles, coins and medals and decorative and applied art. Key themes, people

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