Prepare to have your mind grown and blown in Oxford’s gateway to the history of human culture. Face Indonesian deities, ancient totems, samurai swords and other humbling surprises.
7 Worlds of Wisdom Worth a Wander
Oxford! A positively perfect place to expand your mind. Sail off into our astonishing collections, an odd universe of light bulb moments, magic, mystery, monsters, diagrams, dreams and dodos. Yes, dodos.
Ready? Let’s Go!
Getting to Oxford is easy. Forgetting it – that’s the hard part.
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Events for Everyone
Tap your toes
Watch over 20 Morris dancing teams perform outside the museum as part of Folk Weekend Oxford on 21-22 April.
Sing ballads at the Bodleian
Drop into the Weston Library on 22 April to enjoy storytelling, printing, folk music and a song-sharing workshop – and join the celebration concert.
Become successful at staking
Help our horticultural staff stake plants in the garden on 10 April using natural materials from Harcourt Arboretum.
Spring into spring
Immerse yourself in wonderful surroundings, enjoy traditional music, and taste delicious local produce at the Arboretum’s spring fair on 21 April.
Mark Marconi Day
Celebrate Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday on 21 April and experience the world of radio – contact people across the globe and try out Morse code.
Trace the origins of music
Join anthropologist Dr Iain Morley on 26 April as he discusses the evolution of our musical capabilities and their relation to other animal species.
Surprise your eyes
Join a volunteer-led tour of the museum every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and discover some of the collection highlights.
A whole season of events awaits you in our Mindgrowing Gardens, Libraries & Museums. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Minds Have Always Wandered
Some of the things you’ll see on your travels go back a staggeringly long way (take our 4.5 billion year old meteorite for example). It’s hard to imagine what was on the minds of our ancestors but the things they’ve made over the centuries show we’ve always been a curious bunch. The universe, the natural world, ourselves, each other, love, magic, dreams, demons. It’s all there. What will the objects we leave behind tell future generations about our minds, a hundred years from now?
Support Our Work
We’re responsible for conserving, cataloguing, understanding and explaining the parade of precious things in our gardens, libraries and museums. If you’d like to help us make sure these important wonders stay protected and exhibited for everyone, please support us or pop a few pounds in the pot on your way through. Your generous support won’t go unnoticed!