What's on

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

The Museum of Natural History will be closed on Sunday 25th September due to filming. The Pitt Rivers will remain open, access will be through Robinson Close off South Parks Road.

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum, with light refreshments. Age of Nature is Dementia Friendly.
Older people, drop-in
Tuesday 20th September, 2.30 - 4pm

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 Ł3
Monday 3rd October, 7 - 8pm

Museum roof

National Poetry Day
Feeling poetic? Meet our Poets in Residence, hear poems inspired by our collections, follow our poetry trail, or write your own to post on our poetry tree.
All welcome, drop-in
Thursday 6 October, 10am - 4pm

The Natural History of Pokémon

The Natural History of Pokémon
Brush off your Pokéballs! Collections manager Mark Carnall shows us how the zoology of Pokémon introduces players to concepts such as sexual dimorphism, genetics and advanced taxonomy.
Suitable for adults and young people
Please book here
Saturday 8 October, 7 - 8pm

Sea Creatures

A Little Look at... Sea Creatures
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 10 October, 10.30am and 11.30am

Bee hive

Bee Identification Workshop
A two-day course run by expert entomologists. Use the Museum’s British bee reference collection to identify species.
Tickets Ł60
Please book here
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16 October, 10am - 5pm

Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Suitable for under 5s
Tuesday 18th October, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum, with light refreshments. Age of Nature is Dementia Friendly.
Older people, drop-in
Tuesday 18th October, 2.30 - 4pm

Geography Day

Geography Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A level geography students but open to all. To book email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Wednesday 19th October, 10am - 3pm

Age of Nature

Through the Lens
Explore the Museums through the eyes of people and animals. What will you see? Exciting activities all about vision, photography and the eyeball!
Half-term activities, drop-in
Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th October, 1 - 4pm

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 30 October

The Worldwide Web

Presenting... The Worldwide Web
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is The Worldwide Web. How spiders linked the world together, and the man at the centre of it all.
From 26 July to 27 September

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


Kurt Jackson: Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet
Kurt Jackson's art is a celebration of the natural world. Recently he has been inspired by the bees he encounters at home in Cornwall and across the UK. This exhibition brings together paintings, sculpture and Museum collections to explore the diverse and beautiful world of bees.
Upper East Gallery, from 18 March to 29 September

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 - 13 November


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. 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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