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 a spellbinding evening
Encounter magicians and illusionists, have a go at potion making, and try the Magic Mirror of Floren at this LiveFriday event on 26 October.
Explore Tolkien’s medieval languages
Find out how the language and literature of medieval Scandinavia and Iceland influenced JRR Tolkien at this talk on 24 October.
Get creative in the garden
Take your inspiration from our autumn colours and make a beautiful piece of tie-dye or an autumn lantern on 24 October.
Enjoy all the fun of the fair
Spend an autumnal afternoon tasting local produce, weaving willow, spinning wool and listening to folk music on 13 October.
Explore the history of fast living
Stressed out by modern life? So were the Victorians! Explore the technologies and medical treatments of the Victorian age on 18 October.
Delve into the private lives of bacteria in this evening of talks, workshops, performances and games on 19 October.
Get poetic at the Pitt
Take part in a creative poetry workshop exploring the theme of intrepid women on 25 October. Free, but booking essential.
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!