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
Celebrate Oxford’s diversity
Find out how Oxford’s religious communities celebrate the festival of light at the One World Festival on 18-19 November, with music, performance, talks and craft.
Print your own greetings card
Use your artistic talents and the Bodleian printing press to print your own Season’s Greetings cards at this free drop-in event on 17 November.
Create a festive wreath
Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath with natural objects on 25 November. £30 per person – materials provided.
Become an Arboretum Explorer
Grab a backpack from the ticket office and use it to explore the 130-acre site.
Explore the world and beyond
Explore the museum’s collections through activities and talks on 17 November to discover how we have charted our universe.
Discover surprising science
Investigate and experiment with Oxford University researchers on 25 November at the museum’s Super Science Saturday bonanza.
Get lost in the museum
Lose yourself in the collections at a Lost Late on 17 November. Dance, music, theatre and games, plus activities hosted by Oxford researchers.
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!