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
Take tea at the museum
Learn about the art of tea in Japan on 28 February and watch a demonstration in the Ashmolean’s authentic Japanese tea house. Tickets £7.
Go on an adventure in translation
Find out how stories have travelled across time, territory and language in this free exhibition about translation at the Weston Library.
Find out about Fairtrade
Discover plants that produce Fairtrade products, from cocoa to bananas, at a display that runs from 25 February to 10 March.
Wake up after winter
Search for signs of spring and enjoy nature-inspired craft activities in a beautiful woodland setting on 19 February.
Play with fire
Make a working Chinese dragon fireclock to celebrate Chinese New Year on 22 February. Suitable for ages 7+.
Ferment a feast
Make your own sauerkraut and learn the science behind a variety of foods fermented by bacteria on 26 February. Tickets £5.
Go beyond the binary
Discover interactive art, workshops and performances at an event on 23 February curated by My Normal – a project aiming to give LGBTQ+ youth safe spaces.
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!