What's on

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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions - Partner Events

Special Events

Heart and Head

The Heart and the Head
Join researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre For Human Genetics and James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars for an evening of music and genetic stories. This event is supported by Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust, and takes places during Biology Week. Suitable for adults, £5
Book here
Saturday 10th October, 7.30-9pm

William Smith map

The Map that changed the World
Best-selling author Simon Winchester shares the extraordinary story of the father of English geology, William Smith. Part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme.
Book here
Tuesday 13th October, 6 - 7pm


Ecosystems: Change and Challenge
A programme of talks and activities aimed at A level geographers and teachers but open to all interested adults too.
To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 22nd October, 10am - 3pm


Anagama: growing tradition in the 21st Century
In this official launch of the Oxford Anagama Project Isezaki Jun will explore his pioneering work in reinstating the anagama (climbing kiln) as a vital creative process, his role as a Living National Treasure, and the challenges that face contemporary ceramicists. Cost £5.00 (including drinks reception)
Please book online or by telephone: 01865 272954. Further information
Friday 23rd October, 5.30pm

Geology of the

Geology of the Cotswolds
Explore the geology of the Cotswolds and the legacy of William Smith, author of the world’s first stratigraphic map, with Professor Paul Smith. Part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme.
Day school field trip, £65
Book here
Saturday 24th October, 9am - 5pm


Celebrate the world beneath our feet with rocks, volcanoes and heroes of geology. Family Friendly talk at 3.30pm each day. Part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme.
Suitable for families
Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th October, 1-4pm


London Volcano
A dramatised reconstruction on the Museum lawn of the 1902 eruption of the Saint Vincent volcano in the Caribbean.
Friday 30th October, 6pm

Oxfordshire Mammal Group - bats of Britain

Oxfordshire Mammal Group: Bats of Britain
Find out about the mysterious nocturnal lives of the bats of Britain with ecologist Dr Peter Shepherd.
Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
OMG website
Lecture, Monday 9 November, 7pm

Taxidermy Workshop

Taxidermy Workshop
Learn to prepare your own taxidermy bird under the expert tuition of professional taxidermist Derek Frampton (UK Guild of Taxidermists.)
One-day workshop; four places on each date. £175 including specimen, materials and lunch.
Suitable for adults
Saturday 14th November/Sunday 15th November, 10am - 5pm

The Oxford Dodo

The Oxford Dodo: Culture at the Crossroads
Join an interdisciplinary panel to discuss the life and legacy of this famous creature and take the opportunity to view the Dodo’s only organic remains.
Information and booking
Debate, suitable for adults
Crèche available for children.
Wednesday 18th November, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Christmas Light Festival

Christmas Light Festival
As part of Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, our legendary light night is back. For the first time, both museums will be plunged into darkness ready for you to explore by torchlight. Twinkling lights and atmospheric choirs will create a magical, mysterious evening.
Cost: £3.00 Please book here
Friday 20th November, 6 - 9pm

How to Read Geological

How to Read Geological Maps
Learn to read the landscape in four dimensions using a geological map. An opportunity to view the world’s first stratigraphic map created by William Smith 200 years ago. Part of the Handwritten in Stone exhibition programme. Day school field trip, £65
Book here
Saturday 21st November, 10am - 5pm

Life After Everest

Life After Everest
Stephen Venables recounts his experiences in some of the most remote, beautiful landscapes on earth. Organised by Community Action Nepal. £15
Lecture, suitable for adults
Book here
Tuesday 24th November, 7pm

Nursery Rhyme Animals

A Little Look at... Nursery Rhyme Animals
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Under 5s
Thursday 26th November, 10.30am and 11.30am

Super Science

Super Science Saturday
Investigate, experiment and discover the ground beneath your feet at our big Science Saturdays bonanza.
Special event, suitable for families
Saturday 28th November, 12 noon - 4pm

A Level Geology Day

A Level Geology Day
A programme of talks and activities aimed at A level geologists and teachers but open to all interested adults too.
To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 2nd December, 10am - 3pm

Cells in the Spotlight

Cells in the Spotlight
A programme of talks and activities aimed at A level biologists and teachers but open to all interested adults too.
To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 3rd December, 10am - 3pm


Introduction to Minerals
A day-long workshop exploring the physical characteristics, crystalline states and atomic bonding of silicate and nonsilicate minerals.
£15 OGG members / £20 non-members
Further information
Workshop, adults
Saturday 5th December, 10am - 5pm

Humpback Whale

Introduction to Cetaceans
Learn about this fascinating, diverse and enigmatic group of marine mammals. Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
Lecture, adults
Further information
Monday 7th December, 7pm


Introduction to Diptera (Fly) Families
Two-day workshop giving a comprehensive introduction to the British families of flies, from ecology to identification.
Suitable for adults
To book, please email schultmay@insectsrus.co.uk
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December, 10am - 6pm

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
Dates for this autumn/winter below:
Every Saturday from 17 October – 5 December, 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


William Smith map

Handwritten in Stone: How William Smith and his maps changed geology
An exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of Smith’s remarkable geological map of England and Wales. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
From 9 October 2015 to 31 January 2016

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 main court from 8 May

Dodo head

Presenting... Madagascar
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is Madagascar. Madagascan specimens, including this Sunset Moth, from the Museum’s collections

Partner Events - These events are not at the Museum

Wild Woods Day

Wild Woods Day
Sutton Courtenay Education Centre
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Sunday 20 September, 10am - 3pm

Secretive Small Mammals

Secretive Small Mammals
Meadow Farm
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Saturday 26 September, 8am - 10am

Fungus Foray

Fungus Foray
Warburg Nature Reserve
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Sunday 11 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm

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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