What's on

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

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Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Operation Earth
Meet the Experts

From early 2018, the Museum will join the likes of the Eden Project and the Natural History Museum to deliver a national programme celebrating the science of the natural environment. See Operation Earth for more information.

Please note that the café will be closed on Friday 25th May. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Special Events


Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Live Science Show
Prepare to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why "Earthy" is poorly and see if together we can help. There are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending. If you wish to book on the day the show is taking place, bookings cannot be taken via email or telephone, please come to the Welcome Desk to pick up a token.
Saturday 26 May, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for ages 6+


Operation Earth

Operation Earth: Living Earth
Be inspired by the natural world and find out how scientists are learning about what's on our planet.
Family event suitable for all ages
Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 May, 1-4pm, drop-in





Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Live Science Show
Prepare to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why "Earthy" is poorly and see if together we can help. There are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending. If you wish to book on the day the show is taking place, bookings cannot be taken via email or telephone, please come to the Welcome Desk to pick up a token.
Tuesday 29 May, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for ages 6+

Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Live Science Show
Prepare to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why "Earthy" is poorly and see if together we can help. There are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending.
Wednesday 30 May, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for ages 6+


The Last Snowflake

The Last Snowflake
A participative theatre and film-making session led by Voices for Nature looking at climate change and affected animals.
The event is suitable for ages 9-13 with activities for younger children.
Register here
Thursday 31 May, 11am - 2pm




Stand-Up Philosophy

Stand-Up Philosophy
A night of stand-up and experts looking at the funnier side of philosophy and natural history. Part of Festival of Nature.
£7 / £5 student concession
Register here
Friday 1 June, 8 - 10pm


Wildfair

Wildfair
Meet researchers, wildlife and conservation groups, and some of the creatures they study at the big launch of Oxfordshire's Festival of Nature.
Co-hosted with BBOWT.
Saturday 2 June, 10am - 4pm, drop-in





The Peopling of the British Isles: What we can learn from Genetics

The Peopling of the British Isles: What we can learn from Genetics
Professor Peter Donnelly explains how large-scale genetic studies offer a powerful new approach to understanding subtle similarities and differences in populations and their history.
Thursday 7 June, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Meet the Experts
Drop in for a chat with science experts about a host of subjects and get hands-on with science.
Saturday 9 June, 2–4pm






A little look

A Little Look at... Birds
Meet some of our feathery friends and glide with us around the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s.
Monday 11 June, 10.30am & 11.30am






Archaeology and the Peopling of the British Isles

Archaeology and the Peopling of the British Isles
Professor Mark Robinson tells us about the archaeological and environmental background of the Settlers exhibition, covering the footprints of the earliest known human colonists over 800,000 years ago to the Norman Conquest.
Wednesday 13 June, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Suitable for under 5s, drop-in.
Tuesday 19 June, 10.30am & 12.30pm




Settlers Spotlight

Settlers Spotlight
Find out about the latest research in an afternoon talk based on themes explored in the Settlers exhibition.
Saturday 23 June, 2.30 - 3pm






The Great Debate 'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

The Great Debate
'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

To commemorate the anniversary of the 'Great Debate' on evolution in 1860 join our panel of experts to debate another scientific issue with huge implications for society, the personal genomics revolution.
Thursday 29 June, 7.30–9pm Register here



Operation Earth

Operation Earth - Live Science Show
Prepare to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why "Earthy" is poorly and see if together we can help. There are limited spaces for each show. Tokens for the show are available at the front desk on the day of each show, you must have a token to attend. If you would like to book in advance please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk stating which date and time and how many people will be attending. If you wish to book on the day the show is taking place, bookings cannot be taken via email or telephone, please come to the Welcome Desk to pick up a token.
Saturday 30 June, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for ages 6+

Genetics, Geography and Human History

Genetics, Geography and Human History
Associate Professor Stephen Leslie discusses the findings from the People of the British Isles study; the first detailed analysis of very fine-scale genetic differences within the population of Britain.
Tuesday 3 July, 6.30–7.30pm Register here




Alice's Day

Alice's Day: Hop into Wonderland
Meet animals from the Mad Hatter's tea party and create your own curious Wonderland mobile.
Saturday 7 July, 12 - 3pm, drop-in




A little look at... Dinosaurs

A little look at... Dinosaurs
Stomp and roar around the Museum with us as we spot some of our dinosaur friends.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 16 July, 10.30am & 11.30am




Geology of Oxfordshire

Geology of Oxfordshire
A day school of talks, practical sessions, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the geology of Oxfordshire.
Saturday 21 July, 10am - 5pm Register here





Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 31 July, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Brilliant Bees

Operation Earth: Brilliant Bees
An exciting bee bonanza featuring Horrible Science illustrator Tony de Saulles who will be talking about his book Bee Boy.
Talk at 2.30pm, for ages 6+ Please book for the talk
Monday 6 August, 1 - 4pm, drop-in




Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 14 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Investigating Oceans

Operation Earth: Investigating Oceans
Explore a whole new world under the sea with crafts and specimen handling.
Monday 20 August, 1 - 4pm, drop-in






Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Tuesday 28 August, 2 - 4pm, drop-in






Settlers Archaeology Day School

Settlers Archaeology Day School
Join Professor Mark Robinson for a practical day school on using biological remains to understand Britain's past climates and peoples through archaeology from preservation of specimens to their interpretation.
Saturday 8 September, 10am–4pm, £65 Register here




The Great Debate 'Getting Your Genome Sequenced; Will You Open Pandora's Box?

Geography Study Day
A day of talks and activities aimed at A Level Geography students but open to all. An opportunity to discuss with and hear from researchers about their current work.
Thursday 13 September, 10am-3pm. To book email: outreach@museums@oum.ox.ac.uk





Regular Events

Spotlight Specimens

Spotlight Specimens
An informal specimen show-and-tell in the Museum court. Ask questions and chat with Museum experts.
All ages
Monday - Thursday at 2.30pm (except during school holidays)




Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays
Meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens from the collection.
Every Saturday from 5 May to 16 June (except 2 June),
2–4pm, 8+.




Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique
Meet prominent researchers from a variety of sciences to discuss their work over a glass of wine and nibbles.
Café Scientifique
Suitable for adults
7.30–9pm on the second Tuesday of every month



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


All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities.

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