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
Unwind after hours
Explore the collections after normal closing time on 26 April, when the museum will be open until 8pm – take in a talk and listen to music.
Brush up on British comics
Explore the evolution of the British comic, from medieval block books to the anarchy of V for Vendetta at this exhibition. Until 28 April.
Revel in the rainforest
Discover a jungle environment in the Rainforest House, where you’ll find an assortment of tropical plants including cocoa, coffee and pineapple.
Spring into spring
Immerse yourself in wonderful surroundings at the Spring Fair on 27 April – enjoy traditional music, delicious local produce, and fun craft activities.
Mark Marconi Day
Celebrate Marconi’s birthday and experience the world of radio on 27 April – contact people across the globe and try out Morse code.
Dive into bacteria
Join Professor Judith Armitage on 25 April to hear how bacteria swim using a mechanism that requires sensing, signalling, adaptation and memory.
Talk about Tibetan identities
Come to a special evening of viewing, discussing and celebrating the Performing Tibetan Identities exhibition on 27 April, with talks and music.
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!