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
Hear the harpsichord
Soak up the sound of the Kirkman harpsichord at this afternoon event on 16 May. Free, no booking required.
Research the Resistance
Explore this display as it reveals how the White Rose Resistance used the political power of the written word to secretly resist Hitler. 18 May – 7 July.
Revel in the rainforest
Discover a jungle environment in the Rainforest House, where you’ll find an assortment of tropical plants including cocoa, coffee and pineapple.
Get hands on at Harcourt
Cultivate forest skills and try fun craft activities on this practical family-focused activity in beautiful woodland on 18 May. Tickets £10.
Seek out sculpture and science
Discover new art and how heritage science reveals, preserves and shapes sculpture at this special event on 17 May.
Wise up to women in geology
Join Eliza Howlett on 21 May as she talks about geologist and zoologist Igerna Sollas and the fossil specimens she studied.
Cross oceans and times
Find out about the wonders of the oceans in this late-night event on 17 May, held jointly with the Museum of Natural History – with talks and a light display.
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!