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Itinerary Help- Oxford

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I am looking to go to the following places: The Ashmolean, Modern Art Oxford, Museum of Natural History, Pitts River Museum, Oxford University Press, Museum of the History of Science, Christ Church, and the Bate Collection. These are not in the order I am visiting (I am going to go in accordance to location).

My question is, how long would I spend at each location? Obviously this is mainly going to depend on my own preference at how long I visit or what I am interested in, but I am looking for how long you spent at these locations, so that I know how long I should plan being in Oxford, so I can book my hotel.

Would planning half a day for each be logical?

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    "Would planning half a day for each be logical"

    Absolutely not. All, except for Christ Church and its Picture Gallery, are free. Anyone claiming they can spend a half day in a museum and appreciate what they're looking at at the end is a self-deluding fool. It may be necessary in foreign museums that don't allow readmission with paying again, or in London where there's a considerable distance between them. But it's plain silly in Oxford.

    Apart from the OUP, these museums are so close to each other, and the walk between them so pleasant, that the only sensible way of seeing them is to limit yourself to a max of two hours at each, cross the road to a pub or coffee shop, then go on somewhere else.

    The OUP is open only by prior booking, and involves a predetermined tour whose length you need to ask the Press about. The Ashmolean's so diverse that I'd decide what I wanted to see first. If you really want to exhaust it all, I'd suggest you don't, but if you insist, you need six hours min. Spread out over at least three sessions.

    The History of Science runs out of puff after a max of an hour. Modern Art Oxford isn't what we call a museum: it's just an exhibition-driven art gallery (the city's major permanent painting collections are Christ Church Picture Gallery and the Ashmolean, but paintings really aren't an Oxford thing). I'd check what the current exhibition actually is before bothering with it. The Pitt Rivers (note the General's name) and the Natural History museums are a bit like lesser Ashmoleans: you can spend forever there, but most people don't want to - partly because your head explodes if you do, and partly because they're both far too diverse for most people to sustain their interest. Three hours for the two is more than enough for most people.

    Since, apart from its Picture Gallery (where, again, I'd check the current exhibitions before spending the money) and its Cathedral, you can't see very much of Christ Church
    I'd allow not much more than an hour plus however much you want for the gallery: even Harry Potter nerds can't take more than an extra ten minutes to see its Hall and the steps leading up to it. However, entrance just for Evensong is free - and a million times more rewarding than the few excessively opulent quads that are really all the paying visitor gets for her money (Worcester gardens, Oriel, and All Souls are far finer. And free)

    The Bate depends on just how interested you are in musical instruments. All University museums allow scholars access to archived artefacts (if prebooked): it's particularly important at the Bate, because your interests and its current displays might not coincide.

    All of which said: are you planning to visit Oxford,as opposed to its (often mind-numbingly boring) museums at some point? Your post implies you want to lock yourself away in these monuments to ancient tastes. Seeing the really terrific things in the city is going to take a great deal longer.

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