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
Go on a Roman holiday every Wednesday and Thursday at this free family drop-in event about ancient Rome, with crafts and storytelling.
Make your own zine
Bring images to collage and a favourite text to turn into a self-published mini zine at this free workshop on 24 August. Booking required.
Take a breath of fresh air
Enjoy a 90-minute session of breath-led Vinyasa Yoga on 30 August, which focuses on alignment. Tickets £15.
Dream in the woods
Enjoy Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the picturesque grounds of the arboretum on 24 August. Tickets £16 / £11.
Enjoy the elements
Design and print your own element symbol in linocut at these free drop-in sessions on 29 and 30 August and help recreate Mendeleev’s periodic table.
Meet some feathered friends and create your own gliding bird at this Winged Wonders afternoon of craft on 19 August.
Pop into the Pitt on 20 August to enjoy craft and sketching. Then follow the creativity trail and add your own ideas to inspire other families.
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!