What's on

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

Download a guide to Family Friendly events across Oxford University's Gardens, Libraries and Museums.

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Operation Earth
Meet the Experts

From early 2018, the Museum will join the likes of the Eden Project and the Natural History Museum to deliver a national programme celebrating the science of the natural environment. See Operation Earth for more information.

Special Events


Bags of Fun

Family Summer Trail: Planet Earth Rocks!
Find rocks that rock! Use our special summer trail to discover more about what the planet is made out of.
For ages 7+
Available during opening hours
Thursday 26 July – Tuesday 4 September



Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 14 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in









Bags of Fun

Operation Earth: Family Science Show
Take part in an exciting new Operation Earth family science show exploring the amazing stories and science of the environment. Earthy is feeling a little under the weather and is going to the doctors for a check-up. Join us, along with expert scientists, as we investigate what is bothering Earthy. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help us investigate Earthy's land, air and oceans, and see if, together, we can find solutions.
Suitable for ages 6+
Thursday 16 August: 2pm and 3pm

How to book: there are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending.



Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Hands-On
Have a go with our Operation Earth Kit to discover more about nature.
Friday 17 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in







Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Meet the Experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts about a host of subjects and take in hands-on activities to discover more about planet Earth. Pop by for a chance to meet expert scientists and ask them about what they do and why.
Saturday 18 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in







Investigating Oceans

Operation Earth: Investigating Oceans
Explore a whole new world under the sea with crafts and specimen handling.
Monday 20 August, 1 - 4pm, drop-in









Bags of Fun

Operation Earth: Family Science Show
Take part in an exciting new Operation Earth family science show exploring the amazing stories and science of the environment. Earthy is feeling a little under the weather and is going to the doctors for a check-up. Join us, along with expert scientists, as we investigate what is bothering Earthy. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help us investigate Earthy's land, air and oceans, and see if, together, we can find solutions.
Suitable for ages 6+
Thursday 23 August: 2pm and 3pm

How to book: there are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending.



Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Hands-On
Have a go with our Operation Earth Kit to discover more about nature.
Friday 24 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in







Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 28 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in









Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Hands-On
Have a go with our Operation Earth Kit to discover more about nature.
Friday 31 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in







Settlers Archaeology Day School

Settlers Archaeology Day School
Join Professor Mark Robinson for a practical day school on using biological remains to understand Britain's past climates and peoples through archaeology from preservation of specimens to their interpretation.
Saturday 8 September, 10am–4pm, £65 Register here






The Great Debate 'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

Geography Study Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A Level Geography students but open to all. An opportunity to discuss with and hear from researchers about their current work.
Thursday 13 September, 10am-3pm. To book email: outreach@museums@oum.ox.ac.uk





Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition. This month, we’ll be hearing about health and migration in medieval England from Dr Eleanor Faber.
Saturday 15 September, 2.30 - 3pm






Bags of Fun

Operation Earth: Family Science Show
Take part in an exciting new Operation Earth family science show exploring the amazing stories and science of the environment. Earthy is feeling a little under the weather and is going to the doctors for a check-up. Join us, along with expert scientists, as we investigate what is bothering Earthy. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help us investigate Earthy's land, air and oceans, and see if, together, we can find solutions.
Suitable for ages 6+
Saturday 29 September: 2pm and 3pm

How to book: there are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending.



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 from 5 May to 16 June (except 2 June),
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


All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

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