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
Be at one
Celebrate the communities and faiths of Oxfordshire at the One World Festival on 16 & 17 November, with performance, storytelling, talks and craft.
Light up the night
Enjoy a spectacular free light projection show in the Old Schools Quadrangle on 16 November, which showcases the Bodleian’s maps collection.
Make a festive wreath
Take part in the festive tradition of wreath-making on 23 November, using natural locally sourced materials. Tickets £40.
See the wood and the trees
Learn more about seasonal and other changes at the Arboretum by joining a guided Insight Tour on 6 November.
Meet by moonlight
Enjoy an evening of lunar-inspired activities, talks and close encounters with objects from the collections on 15 November. Suitable for all ages.
Explore the oceans
Meet real scientists at this family-friendly drop-in event on 23 November to find out what’s been going on in the oceans over millions of years.
Take a tour
Join a free volunteer-run tour of the museum on 22 November. Multaka-Oxford tours feature volunteers’ own stories linked with objects in the museum.
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!