Our full programme of events is listed below. All events are free unless otherwise stated. Download leaflet
Diptera: Introduction to fly families
A joint workshop with the Dipterists’ Forum for those with basic knowledge of fly identification. Includes tutorials on ID, habitat preferences, collection techniques and advice on storing specimens.
Workshop suitable for adults, places limited.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January, 10am - 5pm
Who's that hiding in the trees? Meet some woodland wildlife and add some leaves to our wintry tree.
Suitable for unders 5s
Thursday 5 February, drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm
In partnership with the British Entomological and Natural History Society and the Biological Records Centre, the Museum hosts a day of beetle talks and workshops.
No booking required
Saturday 7 February, 10am - 4pm
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: email@example.com or 01865 775476 ext 211
Next talk is Monday 9 February, 7pm
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Happy Birthday Darwin!
Our Head of Life Collections, Darren Mann, shares his birthday with Charles Darwin, on this date. To celebrate, Darren presents some choice specimens from the Darwin material held in the Museum’s collections.
Short talk, suitable for adults
Thursday 12 February, 2.30pm
Home sweet habitat
Explore how animals and humans make themselves at home and build your own little den. Crafts, object handling and a family friendly talk at 3pm
Suitable for all
Monday 16 February - Wednesday 18 February, drop in, 1pm - 4pm
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
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
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
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: 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 -
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
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
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
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
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
Know your bugs from your beetles? This introductory day will teach you all you need to know to identify different orders of British insects. Price includes a copy of Essential Entomology by Dr George McGavin.
Day school, suitable for adults.
£65. Places limited: Information and booking
Saturday 25 April, 10am - 4pm
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
An exhibition of beautiful images of butterflies and moths from the celebrated 18th-century manuscript of William Jones of Chelsea.
From February 2014
A display of minerals from the Museum's collections to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography in 2014.
Until 28 February 2015
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
An informal specimen show-and-tell under the T. Rex. Ask questions and chat with our curators.
Monday - Thursday at 2.30pm
A chance to listen to scientists talk about their current work and its implications for society over a glass of wine.
Suitable for adults
7.30 - 9pm on the second Tuesday of every month
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org