What's on

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

Christmas closure: the Museum will be closed 24th, 25th, and 26th December.

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

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 £3
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 indentification

Bee Identification Workshop
A two-day course run by expert entomologists. Use the Museum’s British bee reference collection to identify species.
Tickets £60
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, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Wednesday 19th October, 10am - 3pm




Nature

Nature: The Authorised Biography
Join award-winning comedy adventurers The Dead Secrets on a journey through the sands of time as they answer once and for all the unanswerable questions about our relationship with the natural world.
Tickets £10. Please book here
Saturday 22nd October, 7.30-9pm




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




Poetry masterclass

Poetry Masterclass
Practise the art of poetry writing with Kelly Swain, author and Poet in Residence.
Tickets £40 per session. Please book here
Saturday 29th October, 10.30am - 1pm and 2 - 4.30pm





Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum
An evening of activities with a night-time theme, organised by the Museum’s Youth Forum.
Please book here
Friday 11th November, 6 - 9pm



Specimen Sketching

Speed Date Specimen Sketching
Fall in love with some unusual specimens, learn some natural history, and challenge your speedy sketching skills! Please bring your own materials.
Tickets £15. Please book here
Saturday 12 November, 10.00am - 3pm




Nursery Rhymes

A Little Look at...Nursery Rhyme Animals
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 14 November, 10.30am and 11.30am





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 £3
Monday 14th November, 7 - 8pm




Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears
An evening of music, comedy, debate and a bar, exploring Hopes, Fears, Extinctions and Invasions. Joint event with Pitt Rivers Museum.
Tickets £3 or 4 for £10. Please book here
Friday 18th November, 7 - 10pm





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 22nd November, 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 22nd November, 2.30 - 4pm



Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday: The Science Behind the Headlines
Investigate, experiment and discover more about science in the news.
Drop-in
Saturday 26th November, 12 - 4pm




Geology Day

Geology Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A level geology students but open to all. To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 1st December, 10am - 3pm




Building the Book of Nature

Building the Book of Nature
Join professors John Holmes and Janine Roberts to explore how the Pre-Raphaelite vision of nature influenced the Museum’s architecture. Includes a special exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite work.
Please book here
Thursday 1st December, 7 - 9pm




Cells in the Spotlight

Cells in the Spotlight
A day of talks and activities aimed at A level biology students but open to all. To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Friday 2nd December, 10am - 3pm





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 £3
Monday 5th December, 7 - 8pm




Visualising Nature

Visualising Nature
Since the Middle Ages, art and science have worked together to understand nature. Join our expert panel to explore visions of nature from bestiaries to the latest computer technologies. Includes a pop-up exhibition.
Please book here
Wednesday 7th December, 6.30 - 8.30pm




Winter Animals

A Little Look at...Winter Animals
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 12th December, 10.30am and 11.30am





Guests of Time

Guests of Time
Meet our Poets in Residence as they launch their new anthology. Enjoy an evening of readings and an opportunity to see the specimens and architecture that inspired the poems.
Please book here
Monday 12th December, 7 - 9pm




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.
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, 2pm – 4pm



Exhibitions

Microsculpture

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





Bees

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, extended to Sunday 2 October



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 - 31 December


Photo

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





Glacier

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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