The museum has a changing series of exhibitions and smaller displays. Our current exhibitions are listed below. See also Previous Exhibitions.


From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain's ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography.
This special exhibition is accompanied by newly-commissioned artwork by visual artist Ian Kirkpatrick, and a special events programme.
From 9 February - 16 September 2018
Settlers website
Settlers event programme

Into the Woodlands Exhibition
Into the Woodlands
Eight hundred years ago, the Charter of the Forest gifted public access to Britain's woodlands, to be used and enjoyed by all. Marking this anniversary, and celebrating 75 years of Wytham Woods, this display features woodland-inspired work by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Robin Wilson, Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley and Richard Lawrence.
From 30 November - 3 June
Wytham Room, First Floor

Smaller displays


Vesuvius Unlocked
Vesuvius Unlocked
Vesuvius was Europe's most active volcano during the 18th and 19th centuries. By analyzing rock samples from those historic eruptions, Oxford University student Emma Watts is uncovering the secrets of Vesuvius's magmas, and its many eruptions.
From 6 March - 1 May

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Community Case

Community case
Transformation & Imaginary Beasts
Display of art works by students from Oxford Brookes University. The work was created in response to the museumís collections as part of a course project which involved first hand research and sketches at the Museum to inspire ideas which were later developed into designs for products.
From 8 February - 9 April

Research Case

Research case

Stone Age Primates
The remarkable use of tools by non-human primates, based on research from the University of Oxfordís Primate Archaeology Project.

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