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
Seize the day
Celebrate all things ancient Rome at this after-hours Carpe Diem event on 25 October, with activities and talks from students and researchers.
View then and now
Compare pairs of portraits taken in the 1970s and again in the 1990s in this exhibition of the work of Daniel Meadows, which runs until 24 November.
Make a beeline for ecology
Join Professor Daniel Robert on 31 October as he discusses how the weak electrostatic field that arises between a flower and a bee enables pollination.
Head down to Harcourt for family-friendly craft on 30 October and make your own creations to take home inspired by the season.
Hunt for Wally
Join the Big Museum Hunt for Wally during half-term. Pick up an activity sheet, find where Wally is and get a special sticker if you do!
Enjoy a specimen standoff
Vote for your favourite fossil on 29 October as two teams of researchers battle to convince the audience that their specimen is the best of all.
Journey into the Jungle
Discover the Calais Jungle as it existed from March 2015 to the demolitions of 2016 in this exhibition of photographs and artworks.
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!