What's on

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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum collections. Dementia Friendly. No booking required.
Tuesday 28th Feb, 2.30 - 4pm





Tall and Small

A Little Look at ... Tall & Small
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Monday 6th March, 10.30am & 11.30am






Brain Spotlight

Oxford International Women’s Festival - Brain Spotlight
Meet female neuroscientists and find out about your brain in this exhibition spotlight. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Suitable for adults and young people, drop-in
Friday 10th March, 2.30 - 3.30pm




Brain Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday: The Brain
What’s going on inside your head? Meet top brain scientists and take part in demos and activities to find out.
Suitable for families, drop-in
Saturday 11th March, 12 - 4pm





Oxfordshire Mammals Group

Deer: A Conservationist's Friend or Foe?
Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, reveals the results of twenty years of practical deer management and research.
Oxfordshire Mammals Group
Monday 13th March, 7 - 8.30pm





The Shaking Palsy

The Shaking Palsy: Past, Present and Future of Parkinson’s Disease
Professor Paul Bolam reflects on the history of this disease, its treatment and potential future therapies. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Please book
Suitable for adults and young people
Wednesday 15th March, 6.30 - 7.30pm


Genes and Cells

Gene and Cell Technology Day
Discuss and debate cutting-edge research with scientists, patients, research students and clinicians. A chance to think about the impact that research has on society and on you. Co-hosted with British Society for Gene and Cell Technology. Please book
Friday 17th March, 9.30am - 3.30pm



Whale, Dolphin and Seabird ID

Whale, Dolphin and Seabird ID
Join MARINElife for training on observing and identifying whales, dolphins and seabirds and recording data for scientific research. Qualify as a ship-based MARINElife volunteer surveyor.
£65, Please email bookings@marine-life.org.uk to book.
Saturday 18th March, 10am - 4.30pm




Brain Diary Demos

Brain Diary Demos
Meet the scientists behind the Brain Diaries exhibition and take part in fun hands-on activities. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Suitable for families, drop-in
Saturday 18th March, 2 - 4pm




Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum collections. Dementia Friendly. No booking required.
Tuesday 21st March, 2.30 - 4pm





Bugs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Suitable for under 5s, drop-in
Tuesday 21st March, 10.30 - 12.30pm




Brain Diaries Psychology Day

Brain Diaries Psychology Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A level Psychology students but open to all. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Please email education@museums.ox.ac.uk to book
Thursday 23rd March, 10am - 3pm




The No Bell Prize

The No Bell Prize
A fun and informative panel event where neuroscientists get interrupted by a bell if they use incomprehensible jargon! In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Please book
Friday 24th March, 6.30 - 7.30pm



BENHS AGM

British Entomological and Natural History Society AGM
Talks, tours and discussions and address from the president of BENHS.
Further information
Saturday 25th March, 10am - 5pm






Brain Diary Demos

Brain Diary Demos
Meet the scientists behind the Brain Diaries exhibition and take part in fun hands-on activities. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Suitable for families, drop-in
Saturday 25th March, 2 - 4pm





Fixing the Brain

Fixing the Brain Before it’s Broken
Professor Clare Mackay explains how imaging techniques can help develop more effective treatments for brain disease.In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Please book
Wednesday 29th March, 6.30 - 8pm



Brain Power

Easter Holidays: Brain Power!
Discover the brilliant things your brain does, from your head to your toes!
Suitable for families, drop-in
Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th April, 1 - 4pm






Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum collections. Dementia Friendly. No booking required.
Tuesday 25th April, 2.30 - 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.
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

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
Opening 10 March


Pioneers of photography

Presenting... 'Flight' of the Dodo
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is the 'Flight' of the Dodo Although it is now an icon of extinction, it wasn’t until the 19th century that interest in the Oxford Dodo grew from scientific publications about the extinction of dodos.
From 25 January - 22 March



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





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 - 2 April 2017


All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

Enquiries regarding events at the Museum should be sent to: info@oum.ox.ac.uk

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