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
Go on an Ashventure
Enjoy stories, gallery hunts, games and crafts themed around Christmas story paintings at this free family drop-in event on 14 December.
Join a curator to learn about their favourite objects in the Talking Maps exhibition at a free half-hour talk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm.
Make a festive wreath
Take part in the festive tradition of wreath-making on 14 December using natural locally sourced materials. Tickets £10.
See the wood and the trees
Learn more about seasonal and other changes at the Arboretum by joining a guided Insight Tour on 4 December.
Follow the star
Drop into the museum for a Stars and Planets event on 14 December and make an amazing star dial or paper plate planetarium.
Find out about fossils
Join Professor Derek Briggs on 11 December as he discusses the soft-bodied fossils of marine animals that evolved more than 500 million years ago.
Take a tour
Join a volunteer-run tour of the museum on 13 December. Multaka-Oxford tours feature volunteers’ own stories linked with objects in the museum.
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!