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

Protecting Sumatran Orangutans

Protecting Sumatran Orangutans
Conservationist Dr Ian Singleton shares fascinating insights from 20 years at the front line of orangutan protection.
Friday 22nd September, 6.30 - 8pm Book here £12










National Poetry Day Trail

National Poetry Day Trail
See our specimens in a new light with this special poetry trail round the Museum.
Thursday 28th September, 10am - 5pm







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


The Enlightened Mr Parkinson

The Enlightened Mr Parkinson
James Parkinson’s work extended well beyond neurology and medicine. This lecture by Dr Cherry Lewis celebrates his important contributions to geology and politics.
Thursday 5th October, 6.30 - 7.30pm Book here





Alice’s Animals

A Little Look at... Alice’s Animals
An active, hands-on exploration of animals from Alice in Wonderland.
Monday 9th October, 10.30am & 11.30am, Under 5s






The Wolves of Yellowstone

The Wolves of Yellowstone
Professor Tim Coulson discusses his research into the ecological impacts of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park. With Oxfordshire Mammal Group.
Monday 9th October, 7 - 8pm Book here £3






The Traumatised Brain

The Traumatised Brain
To mark World Mental Health day, Professor Morten Kringlebach and Hugh McManners discuss how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects people and their brains.
Tuesday 10th October, 6.30 - 7.30pm Book here



An evening with Robert Macfarlane
and Jackie Morris

An evening with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
Author Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris present their new ‘spellbook’, The Lost Words, celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world.
Wednesday 11th October, 7 - 8.30pm Book here £5













Darwin’s Backyard: Small
Experiments, Big Theory

Darwin’s Backyard: Small Experiments, Big Theory
Professor James T. Costa explores how Darwin’s investigations into evolution were fuelled by endless, ingenious experiments at home. Includes a chance to see some of Darwin’s original specimens.
Friday 13th October, 7 - 8pm Book here










Brain Spotlight

Brain Spotlight
Neuroscientists share their research in an informal talk and demonstration.
Saturday 14th October, 2.30 - 3pm





Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore the Museum with some of our furry friends.
Under 5s, Drop-in
Tuesday 17th October, 10.30am - 12.30pm




Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people, including those living with dementia and their carers, to explore and enjoy the collection.
Tuesday 17th October, 2.30 - 4pm





Bats, Cats, Witches & Charms

Bats, Cats, Witches & Charms
A Halloween special - activities exploring creatures of the night, magic charms and mysteries to be solved. A joint event with the Pitt Rivers Museum
Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th October, 1 - 4pm





A WINdow on the Brain

A WINdow on the Brain
A WINdow on the Brain See the brain in a completely new light through theatre, music and neuroscience, to celebrate the launch of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN).
Thursday 2nd November, 7 - 9.30pm Book here



Human Adapt 2017

Human Adapt 2017
International research meeting open to the public to explain, debate and learn about contemporary issues in Biological Anthropology.
Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th November Book here





Masterclass: Evolution of the Brain

Masterclass: Evolution of the Brain
Neuroscientist Professor Zoltán Molnár and members of his laboratory will lead you through the amazing development and adaptations of the vertebrate brain, using specimens from the Museum.
Saturday 4th November, 10am - 1pm Book here £25




A little look at bears

A Little Look at... Bears
We’re going on a bear hunt! It’s the perfect Museum tour for toddlers. A hands-on exploration session, telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Monday 13th November, 10.30am & 11.30am, Under 5s






Skomer’s Voles

Skomer’s Voles
Join Dr Tim Healing to discover the natural history of Skomer’s endemic species of vole. With Oxfordshire Mammal Group.
Monday 13th November, 7 - 8pm Book here £3







Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people, including those living with dementia and their carers, to explore and enjoy the collection.
Tuesday 14th November, 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
Every Saturday from 14th October - 2nd 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.
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
From 10 March - 31 December


Smaller displays

Presenting...

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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