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

Dancing the Tree of Life

Dancing the Tree of Life
Join evolutionary biologist Yan Wong, choreographer Joelle Pappas, and dancers to see how evolution works as they dance you through the tree of life.
Free, please book here
Saturday 2nd July, Performance at 4pm; Talk at 5.15pm

Alice's Animals

Alice's Animals
Make your own Dodo mask and feet, ready to join the nonsensical Caucus Race on the lawn. Join a game of giant animal dominoes and explore the Museum that inspired the book, with our special Alice trail.
Special event
Families, drop-in
Saturday 2nd July, 12pm – 3pm, Caucus Race at 2pm


Photography Workshop with Levon Biss
Portrait photographer and Microsculpture creator Levon Biss will use museum specimens to introduce participants to studio lighting techniques. Using specimens at different scales – from small insects through to larger bone and fossil material – Levon will demonstrate how he uses lighting set-ups to reveal different aspects of a still-life object. The event is principally a demonstration and discussion session rather than a hands-on workshop.
Cost £100, please book here
Saturday 9th July, 1.30 - 5pm

Tall and small

A Little Look at... Tall and Small
An active, hands-on exploration telling the tales of objects in the Museum.
Under 5s, drop-in
Monday 11th July, 10.30am - 11.30am

Where Eagles do Dare

Special Screening of ‘Where Eagles do Dare’
Meet ecologist and filmmaker Simon Cherriman and find out how he combined his childhood passions for eagles and film-making to create a career in conservation and research into the Wedge-Tailed Eagle, the largest of Australia’s raptors, with a special screening of his film.
Free, please book here
Wednesday 13th July, 6pm

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 19th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Sensing Culture

Sensing Culture
A hands-on tour of the Museum to highlight the insect collection, specially created for visitors with impaired sight. Part of our Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Sensing Culture’ partner project with the RNIB.
Booking essential, please email:outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk
Monday 25th July, 11am - 12 noon


Afternoon Explorers: Giant Insects
Ever wondered what an enormous bee would be like? Why not make one and see? Join in with junk modelling and super-sized drawings.
Monday 25th July, 1 - 4pm

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 9th August, 2.30 - 3pm

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 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 30 October

plesiosaur flipper

Presenting... A plesiosaur named Eve
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is A plesiosaur named Eve. Introducing a newly-discovered marine reptile from the Jurassic period.
From 24 May to 25 July

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

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 - 13 November

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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