Museum reopens Saturday 15 February

Dawn till Dusk
Join us to celebrate the re-opening of the Museum after 14 months of closure. Our new café, run by Mortons of Oxford, will be open from the crack of dawn; enjoy breakfast, drinks and snacks overlooking the dinosaurs. Then throughout the day there will be live bands, live bugs, and spotlight specimens for visitors to discover. Here is the full programme for the day.
Free, drop in, everyone welcome
Saturday 15 February, 7am – 5pm

Section of restored roof

The restored roof over the dinosaur aisle

At 1pm, the Museum’s Director Professor Paul Smith will deliver a reopening speech and announce the winners of the Museum’s Goes to Town trail competition, which has run in venues across Oxford city centre for the past six months.

The reopening draws to a close a complex restoration project conducted by the University of Oxford to prevent the glass-tiled roof of the Museum from leaking rainwater into the courts, as it has for many years. The £2m roofing work was completed by construction company Beard and specialist heritage architects Purcell. It involved more than 8,500 glass tiles being individually removed, cleaned and resealed with a mastic silicone. Where necessary replacement glass tiles have been handmade to match the Victorian originals.

In the coming weeks the Museum will host a number of high profile events and talks, including:

Jones Icones

Jones’ Icones
An exhibition of beautiful images of butterflies and moths from the celebrated 18th-century manuscript of William Jones of Chelsea.
From Saturday 15 February

Oxford Geology Group

The Oxford Geology Group’s Colloquium
Features a lecture from Professor Iain Stewart and many other speakers and activities.
Saturday 8 March

Wow How

Wow! How?
It’s back after a year off! Make, test, explore, and explode with excitement at our annual bonanza of experiments and hands-on fun.
Free, drop in.
Sat 15 March, 10am – 4pm


Reactions is a week-long festival of events exploring the opportunities, tensions and overlaps between science and the arts. It is developed and hosted by the Oxford University Museums and Collections. To find out more and book tickets, visit:
15 - 23 March

The Arctic

The Arctic - a natural history
A short day school looking at the landscapes, environments and wildlife of the Arctic, including lectures by Professor Paul Smith. Tickets £40. Info and booking:
Saturday 22 March

Paul Smith, Director of the Museum, said: “This has been a long, dark year with the Museum closed to visitors. Although the closure has been a great opportunity to experiment with different ways of taking our specimens to the public, it will be very nice to see the doors opened again on Saturday 15 February, and to have the sound of visitors filling the space once more – without them having to move around buckets to collect rainwater.”


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