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
Jazz it up
Immerse yourself in 1930s America at an America Cool after-hours event on 25 May, with speakeasy bars, Hoedown bands and swing classes.
Go Wilde in Oxford
Join Professor Michèle Mendelssohn on 22 May as she discusses the previously untold story of Oscar Wilde’s undergraduate days.
Picnic with the bears
Bring along your teddy and enjoy a family picnic in the garden on 16 May – with craft, stories and simple gardening.
Purchase a beautiful plant
Pick up a beautiful plant at the biennial Plant Sale on 27 May – from hardy and tender perennials to vegetable and herb plants.
Go on a voyage of discovery
Imagine early voyages of exploration with maps, globes and hands-on navigational instruments at this family-friendly drop-in event on 31 May.
Explore Planet Earth
Learn all about planet Earth and the people who live on it at this family-friendly live science show on 26 May.
Follow in their footsteps
Look closely at photographs taken by intrepid women around the world and make your own photographic print at this family-friendly event on 31 May.
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!