What's on

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

Christmas closure: the Museum will be closed 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December, and 1st January.

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Super Science

Super Science Saturday
Investigate, experiment and discover the ground beneath your feet at our big Science Saturdays bonanza.
Special event, suitable for families
Saturday 28th November, 12 noon - 4pm

A Level Geology Day

A Level Geology Day
A programme of talks and activities aimed at A level geologists and teachers but open to all interested adults too.
To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 2nd December, 10am - 3pm

Cells in the Spotlight

Cells in the Spotlight
A programme of talks and activities aimed at A level biologists and teachers but open to all interested adults too.
To book, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Thursday 3rd December, 10am - 3pm


Introduction to Minerals
A day-long workshop exploring the physical characteristics, crystalline states and atomic bonding of silicate and nonsilicate minerals.
£15 OGG members / £20 non-members
Further information
Workshop, adults
Saturday 5th December, 10am - 5pm

Humpback Whale

Introduction to Cetaceans
Learn about this fascinating, diverse and enigmatic group of marine mammals. Oxfordshire Mammal Group members free / Non-members £3
Lecture, adults
Further information
Monday 7th December, 7pm


Introduction to Diptera (Fly) Families
Two-day workshop giving a comprehensive introduction to the British families of flies, from ecology to identification.
Suitable for adults
To book, please email schultmay@insectsrus.co.uk
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December, 10am - 6pm

Regular Events

Spotlight Specimens

Spotlight Specimens
An informal specimen show-and-tell under the T. Rex. Ask questions and chat with our curators.
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/winter below:
Every Saturday from 17 October – 5 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.
Please note that there will be no tours on Friday 30th October
Every Friday, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly Sundays
Try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something exciting to take home or have a rummage in our special sorting boxes.
Families, drop in.
Every Sunday, 2pm – 4pm


William Smith map

Handwritten in Stone: How William Smith and his maps changed geology
An exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of Smith’s remarkable geological map of England and Wales. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
From 9 October 2015 to 31 January 2016

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 main court from 8 May

Dodo head

Presenting... Madagascar
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is Madagascar. Madagascan specimens, including this Sunset Moth, from the Museum’s collections

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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