What's on

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

We are open every day at Easter

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Otters

Otters
Ellen Lee of Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre discusses the otters of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Mammal Group
Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
Lecture
Monday 8th February, 7 - 8pm



Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Huxley and Smokey
Under 5s, Drop-in
Tuesday 9th February, 10.30am - 12.30pm




Coleopterist Day

Coleopterist Day
A day all about beetles - talks, a workshop, and a visit to the collections and library.
Ages 14+, Drop-in
Saturday 13th February, 10.30am - 5pm





Eat or be Eaten

Eat or be Eaten
Explore the amazing skills of attack and defence. Crafts, object handling, and a family-friendly talk each day at 3pm.
Half-term activities, Drop-in
Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th February, 1 - 4pm




Bees

A little look at... Bees
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Under 5s
Thursday 3rd March, 10.30am and 11.30am





Day School

An Introduction to Animal Bones and Archaeozoology
This two-day course provides participants with an introduction to the study of animal bones and their use in archaeology. Tickets £65, book here.
Day School
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th March, 9am - 5pm




The Oxford Colloquium

The Oxford Colloquium
One of the biggest Earth Sciences events in the UK, with six lectures from distinguished UK academics. Tickets £20, book here
Conference
Saturday 5th March, 9.30am - 5pm



Beavers in England

Beavers in England
Mark Elliot discusses how the first wild beavers in England for 500 years are faring after their reintroduction to Devon’s River Otter.
Oxfordshire Mammal Group
Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
Lecture
Monday 7th March, 7 - 8pm



Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up an activity bag and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Huxley and Smokey
Under 5s, Drop-in
Tuesday 8th March, 10.30am - 12.30pm




Gravestone Geology

Gravestone Geology
The wide range of rock types used for gravestones means that cemeteries can be geological treasure-troves. Join geologists Nina Morgan and Philip Powell on guided geological walks through six burial grounds in Oxford. You'll never look at cemeteries in the same way again! The walks are free, begin at 1:30 and will last around an hour. There is no need to book – just turn up. Note that these sessions are not held at the museum.
Details of dates and places


Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday
Investigate, experiment and discover more about life on Earth.
Ages 8+, Drop-in
Saturday 12th March, 12 - 4pm





DNA Workshop

DNA Workshop
Investigate the genetics of taste by working with your own DNA in this practical workshop with research techniques used by scientists all over the world. Tickets £45, book here
Day School, Ages 16+
Sunday 13th March, 10am - 4pm




Our Perception of Pain

Our Perception of Pain
Can we really see someone’s pain? Is it true that you get the pain you expect? And how do anaesthetics produce altered states of consciousness so we don’t feel pain? Professor Irene Tracey discusses as part of International Brain Awareness Week. Free, but please book here
Lecture
Tuesday 15th March, 7 - 8pm



A Level Genes Day

A Level Genes Day
A day of talks and activities about genes, gene technology, and evolution. Free, but please book here
Suitable for A level biology students, but interested adults also welcome
Friday 18th March, 10am - 4pm




British Entomological & Natural History Society Day

British Entomological & Natural History Society Day
A day of talks on insects, incorporating the BENHS Annual General Meeting. Open to non-members too.
Free, Talks, Ages 14+
Saturday 19th March, 10am - 4pm





The Genetics of Being Social

The Genetics of Being Social
Why do some of us find it easier than others to understand and get along with people? Help researchers from Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology test if it’s all in your genes.
Research, Ages 18+, Drop-in
Saturday 19th March, 10am - 5pm
Sunday 20th March, 1 - 5pm


Madagascar: The Geology and Zoology of a Gondwanan Island

Madagascar: The Geology and Zoology of a Gondwanan Island
Explore the remarkable diversity of plants and animals of Madagascar and how this unique biota is inextricably tied to the geological history of the island. Tickets £55, book here
Day School
Sunday 13th March, 12 - 5pm



Hive Alive!

Hive Alive!
Create a buzz about bees and find out why bees are the best. Add to our giant hive and make a bee creation of your very own.
Drop-in
Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th April , 1 - 4pm





Beehive Spotlight

Beehive Spotlight
An informal talk about our observation bee hive. A chance to ask the questions you’ve been buzzing to ask about bees.
Talk
Tuesday 12th April , 2.30 - 3.30pm





Our Museum

Our Museum
Enjoy the collection through the eyes of our new Youth Forum. For more information about the Forum’s very first event see our website.
Special Event
Saturday 16th April, 2 - 4pm




The Beekeeper’s Year

The Beekeeper’s Year
Join Mark Blanchette of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association for tales from the hive. Find out how the colony changes during the year and discuss threats to local and international bee populations.
Tickets are £3, please book here
Talk
Thursday 21st April , 7 - 8.30pm




Sensing Culture

Sensing Culture
Hands-on tour highlighting different aspects of the collections. Part of the HLF-funded ‘Sensing Culture’ project with the RNIB.
To book contact 01865 282456 or outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk
Tour for blind and partially sighted visitors
Thursday 28th April, 11am - 12pm



Rewriting The Ancestor’s Tale

Recent Changes to the Tree of Life: Rewriting The Ancestor’s Tale
Meet Professor Richard Dawkins and Dr Yan Wong to hear how recent changes to the tree of life influenced their rewriting of the best selling book The Ancestor’s Tale. Includes a chance to buy a signed copy of the new book. Free, please book here
Lecture
Thursday 28th April , 6 - 7pm


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




Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure

Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure
Eggsplore the museums with an eggciting egg-hunters trail.
Families, drop-in
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April, opening hours





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

Presenting... The other Audubon
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is The other Audubon. John James Audubon is one of the most famous American naturalists that ever lived, but his son John Woodhouse, also a talented artist and naturalist, is virtually unknown. What role did John Woodhouse play in Audubon’s last years and what legacy did he leave behind?



Henry Walter Bates

Henry Walter Bates
A small display on the life and work of celebrated Victorian naturalist Henry Walter Bates, showcasing some of his specimens from the Museum's Life Collections.
Until 26 February





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




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