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
Come to a restorative talk
Find out how the restoration of objects has changed over time in a talk by recently retired Head of Conservation Mark Norman on 6 January.
Read the writing on the wall
Learn about medieval graffiti and the inscriptions that cover churches and castles in this talk by Matthew Champion on 24 January.
Go back in time
Join Dame Helen Ghosh on 25 January to discover fascinating documents of the past relating to National Trust gardens.
Go on a coppicing course
Learn how to do coppicing on a half-day course on 27 January, with training provided by expert arborists.
Make a magical movie toy
Drop into the museum on 13 January to find out what the Victorians knew about the moving image and make your own magical movie toy.
Discover Ice Age mammals
Learn about the ancient mammals of the Lye Valley on 8 January with palaeoecologist Dr Judy Webb.
View Tito in Africa
Browse a display of photographs of Marshal Tito taken during official visits to Africa, which provide a different perspective on the Cold War.
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!