Museums & Collections

The University of Oxford's museums are world renowned.

They provide an important resource for scholars internationally, are available to the general public, and hold a wealth of unique marketable commercial properties which can be exploited through licensing.


The Ashmolean Museum, established in 1683, is the oldest public museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. It houses the University's collections of art and antiquities, which range over four millennia and are of national and international importance.

History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science is housed in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building and contains the world's finest collection of early scientific instruments dating from the medieval period to the seventeenth century, along with substantial eighteenth and nineteenth century collections.

Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History is home to 4.5 million specimens and is the largest collection in zoology, entomology, palaeontology, mineralogy and petrology in the UK outside the national collections.

Pitt Rivers

The Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of the world's finest collections anthropology and world archaeology, with objects from every continent and from throughout human history.

Botanic Garden

The University's Botanic Garden is the oldest in Great Britain and forms the most diverse yet compact collection of plants in the world.

Musical Instruments

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments celebrates the history and development of the musical instruments of the western classical tradition from the medieval period to the present day.