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

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Special Events

Brain Diaries event: Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Tuesday 21 November, 10.30am-12.30pm

Brain Diaries event: Learning to Read: Biology to Culture

Learning to Read: Biology to Culture
Written language and alphabets are cultural creations, but our capacity to learn how to read and write is rooted in our biology. Professor Kate Nation describes recent progress in the science of learning to read.
Wednesday 22 November, 6.30-7.30pm Register here

Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday
Come along and meet University scientists to investigate, experiment and discover surprising things about science. Pretend to be a cancer cell and go on a journey through the body, find out how ponds help fight climate change, and discover how many venomous mammals there are. Look closely at insects in amber, play computer games and find out which animals spread tuberculosis with a fun trail. Explore the structure of diamonds, have a go at weaving and ask scientists how they weave our wounds, plus lots lots more!
Saturday 25 November, 12-4pm Ages 8+

Conversation about Holloway

Holloway: Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood in conversation
Marking the opening of the Into the Woodlands display nature writer Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist Stanley Donwood discuss collaboration on their best-selling book Holloway. Drinks, talk and an opportunity to see Into the Woodlands.
Thursday 30 November, 6.30-9pm
Book here £5

Brain Diaries event: And Now I Have Remembered You

'And Now I Have Remembered You'
Poetry and neuroscience under the T. rex looking at the fallibility of memory. With poet Helen Mort and neuroscientist Dr Jason Taylor.
Saturday 2 December, 7-8.30pm
Book here £5 adults; £3 students.

The Lions of Tanzania

The Lions of Tanzania
WildCru’s Dr Amy Dickman discusses her research in Tanzania and the problems facing Africa’s remaining lions. With Oxfordshire Mammal Group.
Monday 4 December, 7-8pm, £3

Brain Diaries event: A Little Look at ... Winter Animals

A Little Look at... Winter Animals
Take a guided walk to find out how animals cosy up for the winter.
Monday 11 December, 10.30am & 11.30am

Lost Late: Night at the Museums

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people, including those living with dementia and their carers, to explore and enjoy the collection.
Tuesday 12 December, 2.30-4pm

Brain Diaries event: Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Tuesday 19 December, 10.30am-12.30pm


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)

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
Every Saturday from 14 October - 2 December, 2–4pm

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, 2–4pm

Lost Late: Night at the Museums

12 Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas the museums gave to me... an exciting festive trail! Self-guided trail available during open hours.
19 December - 2 January

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