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Special Events

Identifying Insects

Identifying Insects
Know your bugs from your beetles? This introductory day will teach you all you need to know to identify different orders of British insects. The price includes a copy of the Collins Field Guide for Insects .
Day school, suitable for adults.
£65. Places limited: Information and booking
Saturday 25 April, 10am - 4pm

Ideas in the Making

Ideas in the Making: A Creativity Symposium for All
A workshop examining the relationship between art, craft, design, science and the creative process, bringing together practitioners from diverse fields. Whether you are an artist, a scientist, or merely curious, join us for a series of talks, workshops and activities to explore the nature of interdisciplinary creativity. Suitable for adults.
£5. Places limited: Information and booking
Saturday 25 April, 10am - 5pm

Leviathan and the Air-Pump

Leviathan and the Air-Pump: thirty years on
Robert Boyle’s air-pump experiments in 1659 provoked much debate. Thomas Hobbes challenged both the validity of Boyle’s experiment and the philosophical foundations of the new approach to science. The historian of science David Wootton reviews this controversy between Boyle and Hobbes.
Free, and all welcome. Information and booking
Friday 1 May, 5.30pm

Leviathan and the Air-Pump

Spotlight Sumatra
This talk is part of Spotlight Sumatra - a celebration of the breathtaking array of life found in the island’s unique rainforests, and a call to action to collectively do all that we can to save this fragile ecosystem, the last stronghold for many critically endangered species.
Free, and all welcome. Information and booking
Monday 11 May, 6.30pm

How to Clone a Mammoth

How to Clone a Mammoth: talk and book signing
Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be talking about her research and her book ‘How to Clone a Mammoth'. Beth carried out DNA research on the museum’s famous Dodo, as part of her very first DNA project.
£5. Places limited: Information and booking
Tuesday 19 May, 6pm

70 years of nature

70 years of nature: the New Naturalist 4th Symposium
Guest speakers include John Altringham, Robert Cameron, David Goode, Brian Moss, Clive Stace and Jeremy Thomas.
Download poster
To book tickets: tbernhard@btinternet.com // 01794 830937
Saturday 11 July


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 February 2014

Regular Events

Spotlight Specimens

Spotlight Specimens
An informal specimen show-and-tell under the T. Rex. Ask questions and chat with our curators.
All ages
Monday - Thursday at 2.30pm

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique
A chance to listen to scientists talk about their current work and its implications for society over a glass of wine.
Café Scientifique
Suitable for adults
7.30 - 9pm on the second Tuesday of every month

Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays
Come and investigate real natural history specimens with university scientists.
Families, recommended for 8+, drop in
Every Saturday from 24 January – 7 March, 2pm – 4pm

Architecture Tours

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

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly Sundays
Try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something exciting to take home or have a rummage in our special sorting boxes.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2pm – 4pm

‘Presenting…’is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection.

All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities. To find out about current events download: The Oxford University Museums family friendly leaflet (PDF)

Enquiries regarding events at the Museum should be sent to: info@oum.ox.ac.uk

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