What's on

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

Christmas closure: the Museum will be closed 24th, 25th, and 26th December.

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Oxfordshire Mammal Group

Oxfordshire Mammal Group
Oxfordshire Mammal Group returns for its annual series of lectures on mammals from around the world.
Oxfordshire Mammal Group
Lecture, Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
Monday 5th December, 7 - 8pm

Visualising Nature

Visualising Nature
Since the Middle Ages, art and science have worked together to understand nature. Join our expert panel to explore visions of nature from bestiaries to the latest computer technologies. Includes a pop-up exhibition.
Please book here
Wednesday 7th December, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Winter Animals

A Little Look at...Winter Animals
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 12th December, 10.30am and 11.30am

Guests of Time

Guests of Time
Meet our Poets in Residence as they launch their new anthology. Enjoy an evening of readings and an opportunity to see the specimens and architecture that inspired the poems.
Please book here
Monday 12th December, 7 - 9pm

Regular Events

Spotlight Specimens

Spotlight Specimens
An informal specimen show-and-tell under the T. Rex. Ask questions and chat with Museum experts.
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
Dates for this autumn below:
Every Saturday from 15 October – 3 December, 2pm – 4pm
Super Science Saturday 19 November, 12pm – 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
Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2pm – 4pm



A ground-breaking photographic exhibition of science and art
Microsculpture presents insect specimens from the collections of the Museum like never before. The beautifully-lit, high magnification portraiture of photographer Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.
From 27 May to 29 January 2017

Pioneers of photography

Presenting... Pioneers of photography
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is Pioneers of photography. Photography was first developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many early innovators of this art form had close links to the Museum and its collections.
From 30 November to 24 January

Sensing Evolution

Sensing Evolution
Our touchable tables are back and better than ever. Now themed around evolution, you can explore how mammals and reptiles have adapted to live in a huge variety of environments.
New permanent exhibition in the main court

Museum glass roof

Lives at the Top
A small display celebrating the Museum’s Victorian glass roof. Soaring above the specimens, it is a source of fascination for all visitors. In this creative exploration of the roof, discover the people behind its creation, secrets of its beautiful design and find out how it has been maintained for generations to come.
Upper North Gallery, from 12 May - 3 January 2017


Oxford Photographic Society
The Museum is hosting the Oxford Photographic Society’s annual exhibition, this year themed on the beauty of the natural world.
Café Gallery, from 22 October - 22 January 2017


Artweek Arctic
Arctic-inspired glasswork, paintings, photography, textiles and ceramics from a range of Oxfordshire Artweeks artists.
Upper East Gallery, from 11 November - 29 January 2017

All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

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

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