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
Make time for tea
Explore, play and learn together with the little Ashmoles on 19 September. Particularly suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.
Map it out
Join Bodleian’s Map Librarian Nick Millea on 23 September as he discusses highlights from the Talking Maps exhibition.
Take a breath of fresh air
Enjoy a 90-minute session of breath-led Vinyasa Yoga on 20 September. With a focus on alignment, the class is uplifting and strengthening. Tickets £15.
Take an autumnal walk through the Arboretum when it’s awash with colour and enjoy the vivid reds and rich golds of the Acer Glade.
Curate a cabinet of curiosities
Discover unusual objects and assemble your own cabinet of curiosities at this free drop-in event on 21 September. Suitable for ages 5-13.
Curb your carbon footprint
Learn about the science of climate change and how to influence local and national decision-making at this free workshop for 15-19 year olds on 21 September.
Journey into the Jungle
Discover the Calais Jungle as it existed from March 2015 to the demolitions of 2016 in this exhibition of photographs and artworks.
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!