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
Explode with Creativity
Join curator Shelagh Vainker for a free tour of the Cai Guo-Qiang Gunpowder Art exhibition on 29 January to discover more about the artist’s works.
Discover the story of atomic spy Klaus Fuchs in this free talk by Professor Frank Close about espionage and the atomic bomb on 25 January.
Join garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw on 23 January as he discusses the English herbaceous border. Tickets £15.
Create a coppice
Learn the traditional art of coppicing from our expert arborists in a coppice woodland on 25 January. Tickets £30.
Decipher the truth
Hear about the powerful role devices such as alethiometers and astrolabes have played in incredibly popular TV shows on 30 January. Tickets £7.
Meet the scientists
Come along and investigate real natural history specimens from the collection at this drop-in session with scientists on 25 January. Suitable for ages 8+.
Surprise your eyes
Take a volunteer-led introductory tour of the museum, held every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, and see some of the collection highlights.
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!