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

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Special Events

Word Detectives

Word Detectives with ReadOxford
Meet ReadOxford - the word scientists behind the Word Detective game in the Brain Diaries exhibition. Take part in real experiments and help us understand more about how our brains process language.
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th August, 10am - 4pm, drop-in

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Rascally Reptiles
Get a close look at some of our rascally reptiles but don’t get too close to the crocodile! Take part in craft activities and see some of our scaly friends.
Monday 21st August 1 - 4pm, drop-in

Dino tours

Dino Family Tours
Love dinosaurs? Then why not enjoy a rawrsome day-out in Oxford by booking tickets for a behind-the-scenes dinosaur tour at the Museum. This specially designed family tour is in collaboration with the Dinosaur World show at the New Theatre Oxford.
Tours - Friday 25th August
These special tours for families, led by a Museum palaeontologist, will take you behind-the-scenes to find out more about our ferocious friends and meet the famous Oxfordshire dinosaurs up close.
Approx 30 – 40 mins. Tour start times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.
Family ticket (Must include at least one adult): £18 *
Individual tickets: £6.50 *
To buy tickets for the Dino Family Tours please click here.
Dinosaur World theatre show- Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August
Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Ticket prices range from £15.90 - £18.40 *
Buy your tickets and check out timings of the Dinosaur World show here.

*Please note that tickets for the tour and the show must be bought separately. Buying a ticket for the tour does not provide entry to the Dinosaur World show and vice versa.

Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity Carnival
A night for the incurably curious, as questions are asked, answered and intricately explored with researchers from the University of Oxford. Part of European Researchers’ Night.
Friday 29th September 7 - 10pm, Book here

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
Every Saturday from 29th April – 17th June, 2pm – 4pm
There will be no Science Saturday on 3rd June

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
Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2pm – 4pm

Big Stars

Big Stars & Little Secrets
Decide which of the Natural History’s biggest stars is your favourite, then discover the best-kept secrets in the Pitt Rivers Museum with this fun family trail.
22nd July - 2nd September

Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Every Tuesday 25th July - 29th August, 2pm – 4pm


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.
From 10 March - 31 December

Smaller displays


John Obadiah Westwood

John Obadiah Westwood

John Obadiah Westwood (1805-1893) was the University of Oxford's first Hope Professor of Zoology. He was best known for his scientific contributions to entomology, the study of insects.

Community Case

Community case
Illustrating Life
Work by our community of artists, displayed alongside specimens from the Museum’s Life Collections which inspired them.

Research Case

Research case

Stone Age Primates
The remarkable use of tools by non-human primates, based on research from the University of Oxford’s Primate Archaeology Project.

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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