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
Come to a tea party on 19 June to celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act of 1918, with a panel discussion, craft activity and games.
Learn about the legacy of JRR Tolkien, from draft manuscripts of The Hobbit to his early abstract paintings in this must-see exhibition.
Make sense of botany
Take part in a super sensory botanic workshop on 16 June – look at flowers through the eyes of a bee and taste your way around the Rainforest Glasshouse.
Voyage across Japan
Join the Arboretum’s curator on 28 June for a veritable voyage across Japan to see rare trees collected and grown by our staff.
Illuminate your world
Enjoy an evening of spoken word and projected images about the magic lantern on 12 June, with Dr Emily Hayes.
Join the Great Debate
Listen to panel of experts debate a scientific issue with huge implications for society – the personal genomics revolution – on 29 June.
Party at the Pitt
Join the festivities at Pitt Fest – the museum’s annual festival – on 23 June. Go behind the scenes with a curator, take a tour, and get hands-on with objects.
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!