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
Become an Ancient Greece Ashventurer
Join our Ancient Greece Ashventure and take part in gallery hunts, games and crafts on 19 January. Suitable for ages 4+.
Discover art in the library
Drop into the Weston Library on 26 January to find out about the role of art within the Bodleian – with tours, printing and craft activities.
Be inspired by Chelsea
Join Alan Street, creator of gold-medal-winning displays at Chelsea, on 24 January for inspiration and advice on growing snowdrops and winter bulbs.
Learn the art of coppicing
Connect with ancient forest craft and learn the traditional art of coppicing from our arborists on 26 January. Tickets £30.
Explore the Islamic World
Join our Multaka tour guides on 19 January for tours in Arabic and English, which explore instruments from the Islamic World.
Discover the societies within
Join Professor Kevin Foster on 31 January as he shares his research on microbes and how this affects your health.
Dance to the rhythm
Experience rhythms from around the world at this family-friendly event on 26 January and create your own musical instrument.
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!