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 an Ashventure
Drop into the museum on 16 December for an afternoon of stories, games and gallery hunts focused around Christmas story paintings.
Discover the science of colour
Find out about the pigments which adorn Bodleian treasures at this Library Late on 14 December. Watch a demo, go on a tour and relax over cocktails.
Spend a festive morning making Christmas decorations from natural materials at a Christmas Creations workshop on 9 December.
Become an Arboretum Explorer
Grab a backpack from the ticket office and use it to explore the 130-acre site.
See altered realities
Join William Myers for a talk on 14 December as he explains how BioArt responds to our changing definitions of life, nature and identity.
Become a curious cub
Pick up an activity bag and explore the museum with some of our furry friends at this event for the under-5s on 19 December.
Burst into song
Join East Oxford-based community choir Singing at Ark T to sing Christmas carols and songs from around the world on 15 December.
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!