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

Beetle

Ugly Bug Ball
Will you be the weirdest and most wonderful bug of all? Get dressed up and join us for a dance.
Drop-in
Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June, 1 - 4pm





Wild Fair

Wild Fair
Meet scientists, 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.
Festival of Nature
Special event, Drop-in
Saturday 4th June, 10am - 4pm


Crocodile

Big, Scary Maneaters!
Join Colin Stevenson of the IUCN Crocodillian Group to hear why and how we should conserve these highly evolved predators. Part of the Festival of Nature.
Please book at the Festival of Nature
Lecture
Monday 6th June, 6.30 - 8.30pm


Grouse

Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands
Join Mark Avery, writer, environmental campaigner and former Director of Conservation at the RSPB to discuss how grouse shooting harms the environment. Part of the Festival of Nature.
Please book at the Festival of Nature
Lecture
Thursday 9th June, 7 - 8.30pm


Sustainability

In Conversation with Michael Morpurgo and Professor Ian Goldin
Can people flourish alongside the environment, or will human development and sustainability always be in conflict? Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo and Professor Ian Goldin, Director of Oxford University’s Martin School, discuss these questions.
Please book at the Festival of Nature
Lecture
Saturday 11th June, 2 - 4pm


Dinosaur

A Little Look at... Dinosaurs
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of objects in the Museum.
Under 5s
Monday 13th June, 10.30am and 11.30am





Embryonic lecture

Where Do Babies Come From?
Find out how everything gets formed in the right place during embryonic development in this talk by Dr Casper J. Breuker of Oxford Brookes University. Part of the Festival of Nature.
Please book at the Festival of Nature
Lecture
Tuesday 14th June, 6 - 7pm


Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Under 5s, drop-in
Tuesday 21st June, 10.30am - 12.30pm




Dancing the Tree of Life

Dancing the Tree of Life
Join evolutionary biologist Yan Wong, choreographer Joelle Pappas, and dancers to see how evolution works as they dance you through the tree of life.
Free, please book here
Saturday 2nd July, Performance at 4pm; Talk at 5.15pm



Alice's Animals

Alice's Animals
Make your own Dodo mask and feet, ready to join the nonsensical Caucus Race on the lawn. Join a game of giant animal dominoes and explore the Museum that inspired the book, with our special Alice trail.
Special event
Families, drop-in
Saturday 2nd July, 12pm – 3pm, Caucus Race at 1pm


Microsculpture

Photography Workshop with Levon Biss
Levon Biss’ photography is a masterclass in lighting. Pick up some expert techniques using specimens at different scales from the Museum collections. Special workshop to coincide with the Microsculpture exhibition.

Details to follow after Microsculpture exhibition opens on 27 May.
Saturday 9th July



Tall and small

A Little Look at... Tall and Small
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of objects in the Museum.
Under 5s, drop-in
Monday 11th July, 10.30am - 11.30am




Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Under 5s, drop-in
Tuesday 19th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm



Sensing Culture

Sensing Culture
A hands-on tour of the Museum to highlight the insect collection, specially created for visitors with impaired sight. Part of our Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Sensing Culture’ partner project with the RNIB.
Booking essential, please email:outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk
Monday 25th July, 11am - 12 noon


Beetle

Afternoon Explorers: Giant Insects
Ever wondered what an enormous bee would be like? Why not make one and see? Join in with junk modelling and super-sized drawings.
Drop-in
Monday 25th July, 1 - 4pm





Bee hive

Beehive Spotlight
An informal talk about our observation beehive. A chance to ask the questions you’ve been buzzing to ask about bees.
Talk
Tuesday 9th August, 2.30 - 3pm





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 winter/spring below:
Every Saturday from 23 January – 5 March, 2pm – 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

Microsculpture

A ground-breaking photographic exhibition of science and art
Microsculpture presents insect specimens from the collections of the Museum like never before. The beautifully-lit, high magnification portraiture of photographer Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.
From 27 May to 30 October




plesiosaur flipper

Presenting... A plesiosaur named Eve
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is A plesiosaur named Eve. Introducing a newly-discovered marine reptile from the Jurassic period.
From 24 May to 25 July




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





Bees

Kurt Jackson: Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet
Kurt Jackson's art is a celebration of the natural world. Recently he has been inspired by the bees he encounters at home in Cornwall and across the UK. This exhibition brings together paintings, sculpture and Museum collections to explore the diverse and beautiful world of bees.
Upper East Gallery, from 18 March to 29 September



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 - 13 November


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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