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
Sing out on Windrush Day
Learn songs and perform alongside renowned a cappella quintet Black Voices at this free workshop on 22 June. Booking essential.
Look to the stars
Learn about astronomical achievements and find out what the future may bring at this free talk by Professor Steven Balbus on 27 June.
See it with flowers
Explore the evolution and techniques of botanical illustration through the centuries at this Flower to Frame exhibition, which runs until 31 August.
Step into summer
Find out about managing meadows and the traditional country skill of scything at the Summer Fair on 29 June.
Craft a cranium
Sculpt your own version of the iconic Sheldonian stone heads at this drop-in event on 22 June.
Come out of the deep
Handle the fossils of ancient marine reptiles and their prey at this free hands-on event on 29 June.
Take a tour
Join a volunteer-run tour of the museum on 28 June. 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!