What's on

Our programme of events is listed below. All events are free unless otherwise stated. Download leaflet

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Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Operation Earth
Meet the Experts

From early 2018, the Museum will join the likes of the Eden Project and the Natural History Museum to deliver a national programme celebrating the science of the natural environment. See Operation Earth for more information.

Special Events


The Great Debate 'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

The Great Debate
'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

To commemorate the anniversary of the 'Great Debate' on evolution in 1860 join our panel of experts to debate another scientific issue with huge implications for society, the personal genomics revolution.
Thursday 28 June, 7.30–9pm Register here



Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Live Science Show
Prepare to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why "Earthy" is poorly and see if together we can help. There are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending. If you wish to book on the day the show is taking place, bookings cannot be taken via email or telephone, please come to the Welcome Desk to pick up a token.
Saturday 30 June, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for ages 6+

Genetics, Geography and Human History

Genetics, Geography and Human History
Associate Professor Stephen Leslie discusses the findings from the People of the British Isles study; the first detailed analysis of very fine-scale genetic differences within the population of Britain.
Tuesday 3 July, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




Alice's Day

Alice's Day: Hop into Wonderland
Meet animals from the Mad Hatter's tea party and create your own curious Wonderland mobile.
Saturday 7 July, 12 - 3pm, drop-in




A little look at... Dinosaurs

A little look at... Dinosaurs
Stomp and roar around the Museum with us as we spot some of our dinosaur friends.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 16 July, 10.30am & 11.30am




Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 31 July, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Brilliant Bees
An exciting bee bonanza featuring Horrible Science illustrator Tony de Saulles who will be talking about his book Bee Boy.
Talk at 2.30pm, for ages 6+ Please book for the talk
Monday 6 August, 1 - 4pm, drop-in




Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 14 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Investigating Oceans

Operation Earth: Investigating Oceans
Explore a whole new world under the sea with crafts and specimen handling.
Monday 20 August, 1 - 4pm, drop-in






Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 28 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Settlers Archaeology Day School

Settlers Archaeology Day School
Join Professor Mark Robinson for a practical day school on using biological remains to understand Britain's past climates and peoples through archaeology from preservation of specimens to their interpretation.
Saturday 8 September, 10am–4pm, £65 Register here




The Great Debate 'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

Geography Study Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A Level Geography students but open to all. An opportunity to discuss with and hear from researchers about their current work.
Thursday 13 September, 10am-3pm. To book email: outreach@museums@oum.ox.ac.uk





Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition. This month, we’ll be hearing about health and migration in medieval England from Dr Eleanor Faber.
Saturday 15 September, 2.30 - 3pm






Regular Events

Spotlight Specimens

Spotlight Specimens
An informal specimen show-and-tell in the Museum court. Ask questions and chat with Museum experts.
All ages
Monday - Thursday at 2.30pm (except during school holidays)




Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays
Meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens from the collection.
Every Saturday from 5 May to 16 June (except 2 June),
2–4pm, 8+.




Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique
Meet prominent researchers from a variety of sciences to discuss their work over a glass of wine and nibbles.
Café Scientifique
Suitable for adults
7.30–9pm on the second Tuesday of every month



Architecture Tours

Architecture Tours
Take a free volunteer-led tour to learn about the Museum's Grade 1 listed Neo-Gothic building.
Adults
Every Friday, 2.30pm and 3.15pm




Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly Sundays
Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2–4pm


All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

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