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 to ancient Rome on 9 September. Listen to stories, handle objects, go on a treasure hunt and learn about one of the most fascinating periods in history.
Spend a day with Miss Austen
Mingle with Jane Austen and her companions on 10 September. Glean tips on dancing; watch short performances that bring Jane’s letters to life; and listen to music from her childhood.
Celebrate the harvest
Explore the garden at harvest time on 20 September. Plant some seeds, taste some apples, and make some harvest-themed creations to take home.
Become a summer spotter
Explore the Arboretum with a specially designed trail taking in the late summer highlights. Aimed at children aged 4-11, but everyone is welcome to join in.
Be a quiz whizz
Put your general knowledge to the test in a pub-themed quiz on 29 September, where each team is joined by an Oxford University researcher. Part of Curiosity Carnival – the University’s celebration of research.
Have a hair-raising experience
Get up close to particle and accelerator physics at a live-action lecture on 29 September. Part of Curiosity Carnival – Oxford University’s celebration of research.
Explore the afterlife
Drop into the museum on 2 September to find out about Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Build a tomb and decide what you would put inside.
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!