What's on

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

Special Events - Regular Events - Exhibitions

Special Events

Carnival feathers

Carnival Summer Trail
Join the colourful, noisy parade through the Museums with our flamboyant summer trail.
23 July - 1 September, drop in, during opening hours

Feed the Birds

Feed the Birds
Join the RSPB and help wildlife in your garden. Make a bird feeder to take home and test your knowledge of nature!
Friday 1 August, drop in, 1 - 4pm

Plants and Pollinators

Plants and Pollinators
Explore the world of bees, beasts and bugs with the RSPB. Plant a seed to grow at home and make a crafty colourful butterfly.
Thursday 7 August, drop in, 1 - 4pm

Ancient Fossils

Exceptionally Preserved Ancient Fossils and World Heritage in Yunnan, China
Professor Derek Siveter presents some of the exquisitely-preserved fossils of early animal life from the Chengjiang World Heritage site in China. Free, but booking required.
Thursday 14 August, Public lecture, 6pm

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Minerals
Drop in to touch some real museum objects and make something fun to take home.
Monday 11 August, drop in, 2 - 4pm

Photo competition

Photo Competition: Summer Swifts
Send us a photograph of this summer’s swifts on the wing, either around the Museum’s tower or near you, and the best image will be printed and displayed alongside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the Museum from mid-August.
Please email entries to communications@oum.ox.ac.uk
Open to all until 15 August

Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Ocean
Drop in to touch some real museum objects and make something fun to take home.
Friday 29 August, drop in, 2 - 4pm

Oxfordshire goes wild

Oxfordshire Goes Wild
This event is held at Bure Park Primary School and Nature Reserve in Bicester.
Meet wildlife and conservation groups, find out about their work and get involved. Owl pellet dissection, live animals and much more! In collaboration with Oxfordshire Nature Conservancy Forum.
Saturday 13 September, drop in, 12 - 4pm

Digital Imaging

Day School: Digital Imaging
A practical course in digital imaging using electron microscopy, 3D laser scanning, multiplane microscopy and macrophotography. Fee: £60
For more information email education@oum.ox.ac.uk
Saturday 20 September

Trumpet like an elephant

Trumpet Like an Elephant
Listen to elephant sounds and use instruments to join in. Stomp around the Museum like an elephant.
Suitable for unders 5s
Thursday 25 September, drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Bugs 'R' Us

Bugs 'R' Us
With over five million insects in our collection, we LOVE bugs! Live bug handling, crafts and amazing specimens. Co-hosted with Minibeast Mayhem.
Saturday 27 September, drop in, 1 - 4pm


Jones Icones

Jones’ Icones
An exhibition of beautiful images of butterflies and moths from the celebrated 18th-century manuscript of William Jones of Chelsea.
From Saturday 15 February


Crystals, naturally!
A display of minerals from the Museum's collections to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography in 2014.
15 February - 5 September

Diaethria phlogea

Light Touch
Light Touch is an exhibition of exquisite photographs of butterflies and moths from the Museum’s collection by Katherine Child.
Browse the images
15 February - 15 September

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This popular exhibition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. Images from the 2013 competition will be on display in the Museum’s Main Court for the summer.
16 July - 22 September

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
Every weekday from at 2.30pm

Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Families, drop-in
Every Tuesday, 29 July - 2 September, 2 - 4pm

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 (except August)

Architecture Tours

Architecture Tours
Take a 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
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

‘Presenting…’is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection.

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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