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
Have a right royal adventure
Help create a tactile version of a special Oxford painting from the time of the English Civil War at this family drop-in event on 24 March.
Celebrate the centenary of suffrage
Join leading figures from business, education and the arts on International Women’s Day (8 March) as they discuss gender equality and its status today.
Find out about Fairtrade
Discover plants that produce Fairtrade products, from cocoa to bananas, at a display that runs until 11 March.
Follow a family trail
Explore the seasonal delights of the Arboretum – from snowdrops to bluebells – with the help of a family trail.
Meet the trailblazers
Find out about pioneering female scientists – from Caroline Herschel to Dorothy Hodgkin – at this family drop-in event on 10 March.
Explore Planet Dinosaur
Join author Elaine Wickson on 25 March for a family-friendly talk about dinosaurs and space, inspired by her new book Planet Stan.
Go behind the scenes at the museum
Join Professor Laura Peers on 3 March to find out how the museum is working with Indigenous scholars and craftspeople.
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!