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
Burst into song
Join a special weekend of faith, folk and song celebrating the communities of Oxford at the One World Festival on 17-18 November.
Get crafty with cards
Drop into the Weston Library on 16 November to create quirky Christmas cards and listen to a performance by the Oxford Bach Choir.
Make a festive wreath
Take part in the festive tradition of wreath-making on 24 November, using natural locally sourced materials. Tickets £40.
Take an insight tour
Take an hour-long guided tour of the arboretum on 7 November and discover flora and fauna of seasonal interest.
Meet through Multaka
Enjoy an evening of performance celebrating Islamic culture on 16 November and find out how the Multaka project is bringing communities together.
Get up close with Super Science Saturday
Meet scientists and discover a whole new world under the microscope in this science fair festival on 24 November. Suitable for ages 8+.
Light up the museum
Take a torchlit tour and watch as the museum façade becomes a living light sculpture at this Christmas Light Festival event on 16 November.
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!