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.
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Getting to Oxford is easy. Forgetting it – that’s the hard part.
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Events for Everyone
Explore after hours
Discover the collections after hours on 26 July when the museum keeps its doors open late – take in a talk or listen to some live music.
Enjoy the Bard at the Bod
Choose from a trio of Shakespearean plays exploring the themes of refuge and displacement in the Old Schools Quadrangle from 23 to 30 July.
Take a breath of fresh air
Enjoy a 90-minute session of breath-led Vinyasa Yoga on 26 July. With a focus on alignment, these classes are uplifting and strengthening. Tickets £15.
Bathe in the forest
Connect with the environment in a 3-hour session of Forest Bathing on 21 July, which includes meditation, yoga and contemplation. Tickets £35.
Make a giant leap
Take one small step into the museum on 20 July to enjoy lunar activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Free drop-in event.
Have a purrfect afternoon
Take a closer look at the museum’s famous ‘cat window’ and do your own drawing, inspired by John Ruskin’s methods, on 27 July.
Cultivate your knowledge
Understand how farming has shaped people’s lives over the last 12,000 years, with talks, tours and demonstrations at this drop-in event on 20 July.
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!