What's on

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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Buzzing Bees

Buzzing Bees
Our bees are getting busy again! Watch them working, make a bee hand puppet and join in with the waggle dance.
Suitable for unders 5s
Thursday 5 March, drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

Vaccines and Infectious
Disease Day

Vaccines and Infectious Disease Day
An interactive day for anyone who wants to find out about the immune system, vaccines and infectious diseases. Talks, hands on activities, debate and questions. Suitable for GCSE and A level students and anyone with an interest in the subject.
Free, but booking required at www.bit.ly/mnhvaccines
Friday 6 March, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Oxfordshire Mammal Group

Oxfordshire Mammal Group: Winter lectures
Come and join us for some fascinating insights into British mammal ecology. All welcome! FREE for OxMG members, non-members £3 on the door. Booking advised: events@oxonmammals.org.uk or 01865 775476 ext 211
Next talk is Monday 9 March, 7pm
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Dinosaur Diversity in
the British Isles

Dinosaur Diversity in the British Isles
‘Dinosaur’ and ‘Britain’ are two words that are rarely used together, yet dinosaurs are a British invention! Find out why in this talk by Dean Lomax, author of Dinosaurs of the British Isles.
Free, but booking required at www.bit.ly/mnhbritishdinos
Wednesday 11 March, 6.30 - 8pm

Wow! How?

Wow! How?
Make, test, explore and explode with excitement at our annual bonanza of experiments and hands-on fun. With volunteer-run stalls throughout the Museum, outside on the lawn, and in the Pitt Rivers Museum there is something for scientists young and old.
Suitable for 8+
Saturday 14 March, drop in, 10am - 4pm

Changing Bones

Changing Bones: How Our Skeleton Adapts Through Life
Dr James Edwards from the University of Oxford explores the fascinating science of the skeleton, revealing how diet, exercise and ageing affect our bones.
Free, but tickets must be booked here
Public lecture, suitable for adults
Monday 16 March, 7pm

A Question of Taste -
DNA workshop

A Question of Taste - DNA workshop
Investigate human evolution and genetic variation using your own DNA. Do you hate Brussels sprouts? Your answer might be linked to your genes. Analyse the genetic basis for this trait with modern molecular biology techniques. Suitable for adults.
£65. Places limited - please book at www.bit.ly/tastedna
Saturday 21 March, 10am - 3pm


British Entomological and Natural History Society
BENHS members day and AGM, but open to all, with talks, tours and discussions
Suitable for adults
Saturday 21 March, 10am - 4pm

Breathtaking Birds

Breathtaking Birds
A foray into the fabulous world of our feathered friends. Try a bird song quiz and make Red Kite mobile.
Suitable for families
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April, drop in, 1pm - 4pm

Oxfordshire Goes Wild

Oxfordshire Goes Wild
Take part in craft activities and games and meet live reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Find out about the work of wildlife, botanical and geological conservation groups across the county and where you can go wild in Oxfordshire. A joint event with Wild Oxfordshire. Suitable for all ages
Saturday 11 April, drop in, 12 - 4pm

Eggventure Trail

Eggstraordinary Eggventure Trail
Eggsplore the Museums with an eggciting egg-hunter's trail
Suitable for families
Saturday 28 March - Sunday 12 April, drop in, opening hours

Identifying Insects

Identifying Insects
Know your bugs from your beetles? This introductory day will teach you all you need to know to identify different orders of British insects. The price includes a copy of the Collins Field Guide for Insects .
Day school, suitable for adults.
£65. Places limited: Information and booking
Saturday 25 April, 10am - 4pm

Ideas in the Making

Ideas in the Making: A Creativity Symposium for All
A workshop examining the relationship between art, craft, design, science and the creative process, bringing together practitioners from diverse fields. Whether you are an artist, a scientist, or merely curious, join us for a series of talks, workshops and activities to explore the nature of interdisciplinary creativity. Suitable for adults.
£5. Places limited: Information and booking
Saturday 25 April, 10am - 5pm

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


Jones Icones

Jones’ Icones
An exhibition of beautiful images of butterflies and moths from the celebrated 18th-century manuscript of William Jones of Chelsea.
From February 2014


Crystals, naturally!
A display of minerals from the Museum's collections to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography in 2014.
Until 28 February 2015

Diaethria phlogea

Light Touch
Light Touch is an exhibition of exquisite photographs of butterflies and moths from the Museum’s collection by Katherine Child.
Browse the images
Until 15 January 2015

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.
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 24 January – 7 March, 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

‘Presenting…’is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection.

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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