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
Celebrate the year of the rat
Learn more about the Chinese New Year of the Rat, with ratty crafts, stories and a special gallery hunt at this free event on 19 & 20 February.
Discover how maps can tell us who we are, as well as where we are, at this free evening event on 28 February, with talks, tours and workshops.
Plant for the future
Uncover exciting uses of plants and sustainable planting design to achieve high-impact, low-input plantings in this lecture on 20 February. Tickets £15.
See the wood and the trees
Learn more about seasonal and other changes at the Arboretum by joining a guided Insight Tour on 5 February.
Light up the year
Make a working Chinese dragon fire-clock on 21 February to celebrate Chinese New Year. Suitable for ages 7+.
Celebrate LGBT History
Discover how certain Oxford biologists actively campaigned for reform of the law relating to homosexuality in this free talk on 27 February.
Discover personal stories from Turkish ‘guest workers’, who travelled to Europe in the 1960s, in this display which runs until May 2020.
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!