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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Bee hive

Oxford Bee Fest!
In celebration of bees and pollination, a day of talks and activities with Oxford Friends of the Earth.
Free, please register at here.
Adult talks 10am - 1pm, family activities 2 - 5pm
Saturday 7th May,

Chris Packham

An audience with Chris Packham
Join TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham in discussion with Hugh Warwick, natural history writer and passionate ecologist, to hear Chris discussing his newly published memoir ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’.
Tickets £5, book at or buy in the Museum Shop, or from Waterstones, Oxford.
Saturday 7th May, 5.30pm


A Little Look at... the Ocean
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of objects in the Museum.
Under 5s
Monday 9th May, 10.30am and 11.30am


After Hours Exhibition Tour
An opportunity to join Kurt Jackson for a small, exclusive tour of his Bees (and the odd wasp) in my bonnet exhibition. Kurt will discuss the stories and inspiration behind his art, and highlights from the Museum's bee collection will be brought out from the stores for a special viewing.
£10, please book here
Thursday 12th May, 5 - 5.45pm


Kurt Jackson: Give Bees a Chance
Multimedia contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, informed by his background in the sciences and environmentalism, reflects on the reasons and motivations behind the works in his Bees (and the odd wasp) in my bonnet exhibition. An exhibition that both celebrates bees and investigates their current vulnerability in their crucial and vital role in our existence.
£5, please book here
Thursday 12th May, 6.30 - 7.30pm

Museums at Night: Pacific
A journey through the Pacific with music, Turtle Tours, flax weaving and lay making, printing, crafts, object handling, Awesome Arachnids, and of course a bar!
Tickets are £5, please book here
Late night event
Friday 13th May, 7 - 10pm

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.
Tuesday 17th May, 2.30 - 3pm

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 24th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm


Ugly Bug Ball
Will you be the weirdest and most wonderful bug of all? Get dressed up and join us for a dance.
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


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
Monday 6th June, 6.30 - 8.30pm


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
Thursday 9th June, 7 - 8.30pm


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
Saturday 11th June, 2 - 4pm


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
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


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

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.
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



Presenting...The wonderful diversity of bees
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is The wonderful diversity of bees. Bees are one of the major groups of insects, numbering about 20,000 described species. But only a very small proportion of bees are honeybees or bumblebees - most species are actually solitary bees.

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


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

Life 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


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

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)

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