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
Enjoy unmythable theatre
Join Out of Chaos Theatre Company for an unforgettable journey across all the Greek myths on 20 March. Tickets £20.
Pursue a Prince
Join historian Andrew Wilson on 25 March to find out about the life and times of Prince Albert through archives and documents.
Learn about the Living Jigsaw
Join Val Bourne on 21 March as she explains how birds, animals, insects and even slugs help bring a natural balance to a home garden. Tickets £15.
Go on an insight tour
Take an hour-long guided tour of the arboretum on Wednesday 6 March and discover items of seasonal interest.
Lose yourself in the Lovelace labyrinth
Join Ada Lovelace and friends for a day of mathematical puzzles, activities and problem-solving on 16 March.
Take a look at bugs
See creepy crawlies and spectacular spiders on this free guided walk around the museum on 18 March. Suitable for toddlers to 5 years.
Have a nice cup of tea
Rethink the very British ritual of drinking tea on 23 March as we mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMS Empire Windrush.
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!