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 17th-century style
Celebrate the 400th birthday of the museum’s founder, Elias Ashmole, at the Founder’s Festival on 27-29 October. Enjoy period theatre, talks, music and more.
Go on a gastronomic journey
Join food historian Dr Annie Gray on 10 October for a talk about Maria Rundell’s New System of Domestic Cookery (1806) and its culinary context.
See the largest flower on earth
View a life-size 3D oil painting of the Rafflesia, which measures up to an incredible 1.5 metres across. The piece will be on display from 23 to 30 October.
Sample seasonal delights
Taste local produce, take part in craft activities and immerse yourself in woodland stories and folk music at the arboretum’s Autumn Fair on 21 October.
Sail up and away
Join local historian Mark Davies on 12 October to hear about the adventurous life of James Sadler, the first Englishman to build and fly a hot air balloon.
Get set for bats, cats, witches and charms at the museum’s Halloween special from 23 to 25 October. Explore magic charms and creatures of the night.
Enjoy a magical evening
Discover objects of power and belief at the Magical Soirée on 14 October, with live music, cosmic projections, biscuit decorating and potion making.
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!