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
Listen to a spellbinding story
Gather round on 22 September for spellbinding tales from Olivia Armstrong about 17th-century witch Anne Bodenham. Suitable for ages 7+.
Meet the maker of Middle-earth
Celebrate the imaginative world of Tolkien with a day of activities on 8 September – make a rune wheel, write your name in Elvish and invent a riddle.
Bring in the harvest
Enjoy harvest-themed activities for the under 5s on 19 September – find out what plants are being harvested, test different apples and take part in craft activity.
Forage for food
Join the Wilderness Pioneers on 22 September and learn how to forage for wild food at this one-day course for adults. Tickets £40.
Learn about a computer visionary
Join Professor Ursula Martin on 27 September as she discusses the scientific and mathematical education of Ada Lovelace.
Meet the experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts and get hands-on with science at this family-friendly activity afternoon on 15 September.
Get into the rhythm
Come and listen to Indian tablas on 15 September and have a go yourself. Free drop-in session suitable for adults and families.
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!