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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Bats, Cats, Witches & Charms

Bats, Cats, Witches & Charms
A Halloween special - activities exploring creepy creatures with crafts, specimen handling and talks.
Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th October, 1-4pm
Monday - Bats: talks at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (Free, but spaces must be booked at Welcome Desk on the day - limited spaces available).
Tuesday - Sneaky Spiders
Wednesday - Bloodsucking Lice


A WINdow on the Brain

A WINdow on the Brain
See the brain in a completely new light through theatre, music and neuroscience, to celebrate the launch of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN).
Thursday 2nd November, 7-9.30pm Book here




Human Adapt 2017

Human Adapt 2017
International research meeting open to the public to explain, debate and learn about contemporary issues in Biological Anthropology.
Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th November Book here





Masterclass: Evolution of the Brain

Masterclass: Evolution of the Brain
Neuroscientist Professor Zoltán Molnár and members of his laboratory will lead you through the amazing development and adaptations of the vertebrate brain, using specimens from the Museum.
Saturday 4th November, 10am-1pm Book here £25 adults; £20 students.




A little look at bears

A Little Look at... Bears
We’re going on a bear hunt! It’s the perfect Museum tour for toddlers. A hands-on exploration session, telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Monday 13th November, 10.30am & 11.30am, Under 5s






Skomer’s Voles

Skomer’s Voles
Join Dr Tim Healing to discover the natural history of Skomer’s endemic species of vole. With Oxfordshire Mammal Group.
Monday 13th November, 7-8pm, £3







Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people, including those living with dementia and their carers, to explore and enjoy the collection.
Tuesday 14th November, 2.30-4pm





Mind-altering Drugs: A Safer Way Forward?

Mind-altering Drugs: A Safer Way Forward?
Drawing on experience of working clinically with addictions, Dr Ben Sessa discusses whether there is a role for illicit drugs in the treatment of mental health conditions.
Thursday 16th November, 6.30-7.30pm Book here




Lost Late: Night at the Museums

Lost Late: Night at the Museums
An evening of talks, tours, performance and more, exploring lost and found worlds. With the Pitt Rivers Museum. Part of Being Human festival.
Friday 17th November, 7-10pm Register here





Brain Spotlight

Brain Spotlight
Neuroscientists share their research in an informal talk and demonstration.
Saturday 18th November, 2.30-3pm






A little look at bears

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





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 22nd November, 6.30-7.30pm Register here




Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday
Investigate, experiment and discover surprising things with scientists from Oxford University at our big science fair bonanza.
Saturday 25th 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 30th November, 6.30-9pm
Book here £5











Learning to Read: Biology to Culture

'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 2nd 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 4th December, 7-8pm, £3





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 11th 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 12th December, 2.30-4pm




Curious Cubs

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




Bee-fly

Introduction to Diptera Families
Two day tutored workshop learning about the natural history and identification of Diptera to family level
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January, 10am-6pm both days
Adult event, pre-booking required (£60 per person)
Further details to follow





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 14th October - 2nd 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.
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




Exhibitions

Brain Diaries

Brain Diaries
Throughout your life, your brain undergoes extraordinary changes, and makes you the person you are. The Brain Diaries exhibition and event programme reveal how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about our brains, from birth to the end of life.
www.braindiaries.org
From 10 March - 31 December


Smaller displays

Presenting...

John Obadiah Westwood

John Obadiah Westwood

John Obadiah Westwood (1805-1893) was the University of Oxford's first Hope Professor of Zoology. He was best known for his scientific contributions to entomology, the study of insects.











Community Case

Community case
Illustrating Life
Work by our community of artists, displayed alongside specimens from the Museum’s Life Collections which inspired them.







Research Case

Research case

Stone Age Primates
The remarkable use of tools by non-human primates, based on research from the University of Oxford’s Primate Archaeology Project.







All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

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