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

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology: Can You Give Our Cell New Instructions?
Drop in and chat to young synthetic biologists to find out what we can do with a coral's colour, a firefly's light and more. Sights, smells, specimens and games! Hosted by Oxford iGEM.
Saturday 4 October, drop-in, 2 - 4.30pm

A Buzz in the Meadow

An Evening at the Museum with Dave Goulson
Dave Goulson, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, talks about his latest work A Buzz in the Meadow. Learn about the importance of houseflies, dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. For a limited number of early bird tickets there is also a behind-the-scenes tour in Entomology.
Thursday 9 October, talk begins at 7pm, 6pm for Entomology tour
Tickets £5 /£3 for Waterstones card holders

Badgers and People

Badgers and People: A Thousand Years of Love and Hate
The first in a new series of monthly talks by Oxfordshire Mammal Group. Writer Patrick Barkham discusses our relationship with badgers.
Suitable for adults
Monday 13 October, 7 - 8pm
Booking and information

Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story: workshop for GCSE Art students
Students work alongside artist Pamela Schilderman using the Museum’s collections to inspire original and experimental pieces of art.
Free - email education@oum.ox.ac.uk to book.
Saturday 18 October, drop in, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Brilliant Bugs

Brilliant Bugs
6 legs, 8 legs, hundreds of legs! Get up close with the real thing and make a buggy hat to wear home.
Suitable for unders 5s
Thursday 23 October, drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

Geography Day

Geography Day
Short lectures from Professor Paul Smith and others about the exploration of different environments. Part of an A level study day, but lectures open to the public. No booking necessary, but for groups larger than five, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 23 October, 10am - 1pm

Beauty and the Beasts

Beauty and the Beasts
Celebrate the gross and the gorgeous. Touch some repulsive museum objects and find out what makes us beautiful.
Suitable for all
Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 October, drop in, 1 - 4pm

Breath Festival

Breath Festival
A one-day festival of events, talks, performances and exhibitions across Oxford’s museums, designed to take your breath away! Short talks, self-guided tours, and exhibitions all related to breath and breathing.
Saturday 1 November
Full programme

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise
Their beautiful plumes were nearly their downfall... Malgosia Nowak-Kemp, Collections Manager in the Life Collections, reveals the history, behaviour and stories about birds of paradise.
Tour and talk, suitable for adults
Saturday 8 November, 11am - 12pm
Free, but booking required.

Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Fashion Week
Majestic forms, intricate layering and spectacular designs at the headline runway show of Oxford Fashion Week. Inspired by the diversity of birds of paradise. Dress code is black-tie.
Saturday 8 November, 7 - 10.30pm

The Arctic - A Natural History

The Arctic - A Natural History
Museum director Professor Paul Smith talks about the flora and fauna of Greenland and the controls on Arctic ecosystems, relating his experience of mounting expeditions to the far north.
Tuesday 18 November, 6.30 - 7.30pm
Free, but booking required.

Christmas Light Night

Northern Lights
A night under the Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Arctic soundtrack, explore the darkness by torchlight and come face to face with some polar creatures. Bar and live music with Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers.
Suitable for all
Friday 21 November, drop in, 7 - 10pm

Winter Warmth

Winter Warmth
Discover how animals survive the cold and make a cosy coat for an animal.
Suitable for unders 5s
Wednesday 3 December, drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

Geography Day

Inside Cells
Short lectures all about cells. Part of a study day for A level groups but lectures open to the public. No booking necessary, but for groups larger than five, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 4 December, 10am - 1pm

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas the Museums gave to me… a very exciting festive trail!
Suitable for all
Saturday 20 December - Friday 2 January, drop in, during opening hours


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 Saturday 15 February


Crystals, naturally!
A display of minerals from the Museum's collections to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography in 2014.
15 February - 31 December

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
15 February - 30 November

The Harold Thomas Collection

The Harold Thomas Collection
A unique collection of rare parasitic plants collected in the Congo in 1875.
2 October - 2 November

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

Oxfordshire Goes Wild

Science Saturdays
Come and investigate real natural history specimens with university scientists.
Families, recommended for 8+, drop in
Every Saturday from 18 October – 6 December, 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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