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
Become an Ancient Egyptian explorer
Discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt every Wednesday and Thursday in August, with crafts, story-telling and hieroglyph writing.
Delve into Middle-earth
Take a look at the legacy of JRR Tolkien in this must-see exhibition, from draft manuscripts of The Hobbit to his early abstract paintings.
Learn about drought-resistant plants
Take a stroll along the Merton Border, whose plants have been selected for their ability to withstand drought and require no artificial irrigation.
Enjoy family-friendly craft activity in the great outdoors every Tuesday in August, and discover wildflower meadows and wildlife.
Send a secret message
Learn Morse code, experiment with telegraphic apparatus, and unravel the mystery message in this drop-in event on 18 August.
Explore planet Earth
Learn all about planet Earth and the people who live on it at this live family science show. Performances on 16 and 23 August.
Take in a movie
Settle down for some outdoor cinema, with evening screenings on the museum lawn from 21 to 24 August, including Jaws and Top Gun.
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!