Address: Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN
The Oxfordshire Museum is on the same site as the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Admission is free so it’s a very popular place! The museum is full of the history of Oxfordshire going as far back as Roman times. It has lots of hands on things to do so the kids can really get involved in learning while having fun.
As well as history the museum has information about local wildlife and an innovation room with lots of science exhibits, some of which the children can have a go at.
There are several dressing up areas throughout the museum which are good fun. Lois and Cody particularly liked the rabbit costumes in the wildlife room!
The Roman room was particularly interesting. It had lots of artifacts found locally including a skeleton! There was also a brass rubbing area where children can rub a Roman coin onto paper. In the corner of the room is a touch screen with lots of additional information about the artifacts.
One thing I really like about this museum is that it has so many different themed rooms there is something to please everyone. It is bright and vibrant and the displays are interesting. The hands on activities and dressing up are great fun for kids and really capture their imaginations.
On the downside, the museum is made up of lots of small rooms across 3 floors which can feel quite small and cramped, especially during busy periods. Navigating it with a buggy or wheelchair would be difficult although there is a stair lift to access each level for wheelchair users. There is a small cafe onsite or picnic tables in the garden area outside if you wish to take your own. You could probably spend around 1-2 hours looking round the museum and I would highly recommend visiting the Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum next door while you are there (see my blog post about that for more details: Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum ). There is parking out the front of the museum on the main street or a free public car park down the road.
UPDATE June 2018: The museum now also houses a dinosaur room and garden. The dinosaur room has loads of prehistoric activities to have a go at. In the garden compare the different dinosaur footprints!
Disclaimer: The Oxfordshire Museum have had no involvement in this review. All photos, words and opinions are that of my own.
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