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
Join the Ashmole angels
Explore, play and learn together at this fun gallery event for 3-5 year olds on 13 December on the theme of angels.
Book a festive evening
Take a tour of Duke Humfrey’s Library, print a set of cards on the Bodleian printing press and enjoy festive refreshments on 13 December. Tickets £20.
Make a Xmas wreath
Take part in the festive tradition of wreath-making on 15 December, using natural locally sourced materials. Tickets £40.
Take an insight tour
Take an hour-long guided tour of the arboretum on 5 December and discover flora and fauna of seasonal interest.
Follow the star
Drop into the museum for a Stars and Planets event on 15 December and make an amazing star dial or paper plate planetarium.
Become a curious cub
Pick up an activity bag and explore the museum with some of our furry friends at this event for the under-5s on 18 December.
Say yes to Noh
Find out about classical Japanese masked drama – Noh – in this illustrated talk by Jannette Cheong on 15 December.
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!