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
Get set for a month of masterpieces
Draw inspiration from some of the greatest drawings ever produced in the captivating summer exhibition Raphael: The Drawings, then develop your own sketching skills at a drawing station in the galleries.
Go on a voyage of literary discovery
Delve into the myriad influences on Jane Austen’s work in the Bodleian’s Which Jane Austen? exhibition – discover an ambitious businesswoman and a wartime writer, who was inspired by her family’s adventures.
Enjoy a feast of delights
Grab your picnic rug for a ‘plants that changed the world’ picnic afternoon on 12 August. Enjoy a promenading theatre performance, infectious tunes from Oxford Drum Troupe, and lots of family friendly craft and gardening activities.
Become a summer spotter
Explore the arboretum with a specially designed trail taking in the summer highlights. Aimed at children aged 4-11, but older and younger people are welcome to join in too!
Send an SOS message
Discover the amazing revolution brought about by Samuel Morse who invented Morse code, and use the Museum’s bespoke telegraphic apparatus to unravel the mystery message at a family friendly event on 12 August.
Become a Word Dectective
Meet ReadOxford – the word scientists behind the Word Detective game in the museum’s Brain Diaries exhibition – on 10 and 11 August. Take part in real experiments and help us understand more about how our brains process language.
Go to the movies
Cult Screens are taking over the museums’ lawn on 23-25 August for a luxury outdoor cinema experience. Book a deckchair or beanbag or simply bring your own blanket, and settle back and enjoy Jurassic Park, Rogue One and Moulin Rouge.
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!