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

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Special Events

Biosense spotlight

Biosense spotlight
Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Professor Chris Schofield talk about the personal story behind research into oxygen sensing and its importance to human medicine. This talk is part of the Biosense exhibition programme and is suitable for adults.
Saturday 11 July, 2pm

Alice's day

Alice's Day
Join us to celebrate 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At 12.30pm, join in the Lobster Quadrille dance on the lawn. Inside, make a lobster hat, find out more about the real animals and try an Alice trail.
To discover what else is going on across the city, please visit Alice’s Day
Families, drop-in
Saturday 4 July

Owl Babies

Owl Babies
Twit twoo! Touch some owl feathers and make your own owl baby to take home.
Under 5s, drop-in
Thursday 9 July, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm

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.
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To book tickets: tbernhard@btinternet.com // 01794 830937
Saturday 11 July

Evolution of tool use

Evolution of tool use: Animal and Human perspectives
How and why do animals use tools and what does it tell us about the evolution of our own complex technological world? An international group of scientists discusses the latest findings. Cost for the day - £12.
Book tickets
Lectures, suitable for adults
Monday 3 August, 10am - 5pm

Summer holiday trail

All going on a summer holiday
What will you pack? Who will you meet? A sensory trail with lots of things to see, hear and touch.
Drop-in during opening hours
Saturday 18 July - Monday 31 August

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Bugs
Get your hands on some live cockroaches - if you dare! Examine real museum specimens and make something fun to take home.
Families, drop in, 1pm - 4pm
Monday 27 July, 2pm – 4pm

Family Friendly Sundays

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Families, drop in
Every Tuesday 21 July - 25 August, 2pm – 4pm

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Reptiles
Discover reptile specimens from the Museum's collections and make something fun to take home.
Families, drop in
Monday 10 August, 1pm – 4pm

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Whales
Find out more about these amazing ocean mammals and enjoy some whale-inspired craft activities.
Families, drop in
Monday 24 August, 1pm – 4pm

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. No events during August.
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 2 May – 6 June, 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


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

New World Vultures

New World Vultures
Painted by Nigel Hughes after fieldwork in North and South America, these impressive birds range from the largest - the Andean Condor - to the smallest - the American Black Vulture.
6 May - 30 July, in the café gallery


All living organisms need to sense changes in their environments. Current research is exploring the mechanisms involved, and how we might benefit from this understanding.
8 May - 24 August, in the main court

Dodo head

Presenting... The Oxford Dodo
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is The Oxford Dodo. The Dodo is the most famous of all creatures to have become extinct in historical times. But how much do we really know about it?

William Smith map

Handwritten in stone: the life and legacy of William Smith
An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Smith’s remarkable geological map of England and Wales.
From October 2015 to January 2016

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)

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