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


Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Suitable for under 5s, drop-in
Tuesday 24th Jan, 10.30 - 12.30pm

Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster
Celebrate all things chicken! Craft activities, trails and talks to discover how the world’s most successful ‘dinosaur’ has shaped our world.
Suitable for families, drop-in
Saturday 28th Jan, 2 - 4pm


A Little Look at... Birds
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s
Monday 6th Feb, 10.30 and 11.30am


Out in Oxford
A curator- and volunteer-led tour of the specimens that are featured in the new Out in Oxford LGBTQ+ trail.
Please book
Saturday 11th Feb, 3pm and 4pm


Coleopterists’ Day
Morning of beetle talks, with afternoon workshop. A chance to visit the collections and library by arrangement.
Please email:life@museums.ox.ac.uk
Saturday 11th Feb, 10.30am - 4pm


Half Term: Spring Chickens
Find out all there is to know about chickens at this chicken bonanza! Crafts, trails and activities.
Suitable for families, drop-in
Monday 13th - Wednesday 15th Feb, 1 - 4pm

Oxfordshire Mammals Group

Life of the Mole
Roger Trout explores the ecology of this little-known subterranean mammal.
Oxfordshire Mammals Group
Monday 13th Feb, 7 - 8.30pm


Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Suitable for under 5s, drop-in
Tuesday 21st Feb, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Age of Nature

Age of Nature
A group enabling older people to explore and enjoy the Museum collections. Dementia Friendly. No booking required.
Tuesday 28th Feb, 2.30 - 4pm

Tall and Small

A Little Look at ... Tall & Small
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.
Monday 6th March, 10.30am & 11.30am

Brain Spotlight

Oxford International Women’s Festival - Brain Spotlight
Meet female neuroscientists and find out about your brain in this exhibition spotlight. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.
Suitable for adults and young people, drop-in
Friday 10th March, 2.30 - 3.30pm

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 autumn below:
Every Saturday from 15 October – 3 December, 2pm – 4pm
Super Science Saturday 19 November, 12pm – 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
Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2pm – 4pm



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 29 January 2017

Pioneers of photography

Presenting... Pioneers of photography
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is Pioneers of photography. Photography was first developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many early innovators of this art form had close links to the Museum and its collections.
From 30 November to 24 January 2017

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

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 - 2 April 2017


Oxford Photographic Society
The Museum is hosting the Oxford Photographic Society’s annual exhibition, this year themed on the beauty of the natural world.
Café Gallery, from 22 October - 22 January 2017


Artweek Arctic
Arctic-inspired glasswork, paintings, photography, textiles and ceramics from a range of Oxfordshire Artweeks artists.
Upper East Gallery, from 11 November - 29 January 2017

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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