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

Bee-fly

Introduction to Diptera Families
Two-day tutored workshop learning about the natural history and identification of Diptera to family level.
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January, 10am–6pm both days
Book here Adult event, pre-booking required (£60 per person)





Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Tuesday 23 January, 10.30am–12.30pm, drop-in





Coleopterists Day

Coleopterists' Day
A day all about beetles, with talks and a chance to visit the insect and library collections. For collections or library visits, please email life@oum.ox.ac.uk in advance.
Saturday 10 February, 10am–4pm, drop-in




People and Planet: Operation Earth

People & Planet: Operation Earth
Marvel at incredible planet Earth! Discover what it's made from and the spectacular things it can do.
Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 February, 1–4pm, drop-in




'Hammer Scar': Five Years Intimate Observation of a Devonshire Otter

'Hammer Scar': Five Years Intimate Observation of a Devonshire Otter
Naturalist, wildlife photographer and vet Steve Powles talks about his observations of a female otter on the rivers of Devon.
Monday 12 February, 7–8pm More information £3






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.
Tuesday 13 February, 2pm & 3pm
Suitable for ages 6+



Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition.
Saturday 17 February, 2.30–3pm





Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Tuesday 20 February, 10.30am–12.30pm, drop-in






People and Places, Brexit and Britain

People and Places, Brexit and Britain: the Importance of Immigration and Empire
Professor Danny Dorling discusses the role of the British Empire in shaping today’s map of ethnic identity in Britain, and contemporary attitudes to immigration, emigration and Brexit.
Thursday 22 February, 6.30–7.30pm Register here



Darwin's Fuegian Lice: From Dust to DNA

Darwin's Fuegian Lice: From Dust to DNA
Museum researcher Charlotte Inchley tells us how an historic collection of parasites collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage is being used to understand how extinct tribes fit into the migratory story of the Americas.
Thursday 1 March, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Meet the Experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts about a host of subjects and get hands-on with science.
Saturday 3 March, 2–4pm




Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday: People & Planet
Join University researchers at our big science bonanza to learn all about Earth and the people that live on it.
Saturday 10 March, 12–4pm, drop-in






The Bats of Wytham Woods

The Bats of Wytham Woods
WildCru's Dr Danielle Linton discusses what the Wytham Bat Project tells us about the elusive bats of Oxfordshire
Monday 12 March, 7–8pm More information £3







The 'Red Lady' of Paviland: New Science for Britain's Oldest Human Burial

The 'Red Lady' of Paviland: New Science for Britain's Oldest Human Burial
Professor Tom Higham reveals new insights about the 'Red Lady's' significance as one of the earliest burials of the Mid-Upper Palaeolithic period.
Tuesday 13 March, 6.30–7.30pm Register here



Gene and Cell Therapy Day

Gene and Cell Therapy Day
An interactive event offering an opportunity to discuss and debate cutting-edge research with scientists, patients, research students and clinicians.
Thursday 15 March, 10am–3pm More information




A Question of Taste

A Question of Taste
Extract your own DNA in our lab to search for the gene that makes you a sprout-hater or sprout-lover, and discover its evolutionary importance.
Saturday 17 March, 9.30am–5pm, £50 Book here





Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition.
Saturday 17 March, 2.30–3pm




A Little Look at: Tall & Small

A Little Look at: Tall & Small
See who's the tallest and who's the smallest in the animal kingdom. A guided tour for toddlers to 5 years.
Monday 19 March, 10.30am & 11.30am





The Poetry of Geology

The Poetry of Geology
A chance to celebrate William Smith's 249th birthday, see the 'map that changed the world' and hear from poets and geologists he has inspired.
Friday 23 March, 6.30–8pm Register here








Planet Dinosaur

Planet Dinosaur
Join author Elaine Wickson for a talk for families packed with infographics, dinosaurs and space, inspired by her brand new book Planet Stan.
With larger-than-life infographics featuring pie charts and Venn diagrams, you will laugh your socks off at the story of Stan and his chaotic brother, and be amazed by the dinosaurs and objects from the Museum of Natural History that feature in the book. After the talk, explore the museum with creative writing activities and dinosaur crafts – just drop in.
Sunday 25 March, 2–4.30pm. Booking required for the talk at 2pm; tickets are £7; talk suitable for 8+. Book here


Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Meet the Experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts about a host of subjects and get hands-on with science.
Saturday 31 March, 2–4pm





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.
4 April, 2pm & 3pm
Suitable for ages 6+



Jurassic Packs!

Jurassic Packs!
Borrow one of our new fossil-filled backpacks and discover more about prehistoric underwater reptiles.
Thursday 5 April, 10.30am–1pm




Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Meet the Experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts about a host of subjects and get hands-on with science.
Saturday 7 April, 2–4pm





What's for Dinner

What's for Dinner?
Who eats what, and who eats who? Explore the food chain to discover what animals eat for their dinner. Plus crafts and specimen-handling.
Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 April, 1–4pm




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.
Friday 13 April, 2pm & 3pm
Suitable for ages 6+




The Woods Come to Town

The Woods Come to Town
A series of talks exploring 75 years of scientific research from Wytham Woods.
Saturday 14 April, 1.30–5pm Register here





Genetic Lines

Genetic Lines
An evening of music and science. Listen to musicians' responses to researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics as they discuss their lives and work.
Thursday 19 April, 7–9pm Register here




Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition.
Saturday 21 April, 2.30–3pm





The Origins of Music

The Origins of Music
Anthropologist Dr Iain Morley explores the evolution of our musical capabilities, their relation to other animal species, and their influence on shaping humankind.
Thursday 26 April, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




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, 20 January - 3 March & 28 April, 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




Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure

Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure
Eggsplore the museums with an eggciting egg-hunters trail! Joint trail with Pitt Rivers Museum.
31 March - 15 April, during opening hours




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