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
Hear about women in WW1
Join Peter Vass on 23 February as he examines the way in which women were represented in First World War propaganda.
Come to a Library Late
Find out about the first English graphic designers, go on an exhibition tour, and do some DIY bookmaking at this after-hours event on 23 February.
Find out about Fairtrade
Discover plants that produce Fairtrade products at a display that runs from 26 February to 11 March.
Wake up after winter
Search for signs of spring and enjoy seasonal craft activities on 13 February.
Investigate the DNA of TB
Join Dr Timothy Walker on 15 February to find out about the DNA of tuberculosis.
Explore our ethnic identity
Join Professor Danny Dorling on 22 February as he discusses the role of the British Empire in shaping today’s map of ethnic identity in Britain.
Party at the Pitt
Celebrate LGBTQ+ histories from Oxfordshire, with live performances, pop-up exhibitions and micro-talks on 24 February.
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!