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
Go back in time
Take part in a big weekend of activities, talks and crafts related to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings on 21 and 22 July.
Learn about the legacy of JRR Tolkien, from draft manuscripts of The Hobbit to his early abstract paintings in this must-see exhibition.
Enjoy an elemental picnic
Learn about the four elements and enjoy a picnic in a beautiful setting on 28 July, with live music, craft and gardening activity.
Go on a wildlife walk
Join Karl Lofthouse on 12 July for a guided walk through the Arboretum’s collection of plants, animals and habitats.
Become a globe-maker
Discover the museum’s collection of globes and make your own pocket globe at this drop-in session on 14 July. Suitable for ages 9+.
Spot a dinosaur
Stomp and roar around the museum on 16 July as we find some of our dinosaur friends. Suitable for the under 5s.
Get into the rhythm
Come and listen to Indian tablas on 21 July and have a go at playing one yourself. Free drop-in event suitable for all.
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!