The museum has a changing series of exhibitions and smaller displays. Our current exhibitions are listed below. See also Coming soon and Previous Exhibitions.

Into the Woodlands Exhibition
Into the Woodlands
Eight hundred years ago, the Charter of the Forest gifted public access to Britain's woodlands, to be used and enjoyed by all. Marking this anniversary, and celebrating 75 years of Wytham Woods, this display features woodland-inspired work by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Robin Wilson, Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley and Richard Lawrence.
From 30 November - 3 June
Wytham Room, First Floor

Smaller displays


'Daughters, wives, sisters... and scientists'
Daughters, wives, sisters... and scientists
The history of natural history includes the names of numerous men, and scientific work at Oxford was undertaken by some of the best known. The place of women in this history, however, is less well documented.

The contribution of women to science, often only recorded as the daughters, wives and sisters of men, was enormous. Collections in the Museum reflect this, and archives reveal often under-credited contributions. Here are three such women, a daughter, wife and sister, who also carried out important scientific work.
From 11 January - 5 March

Community Case

Community case
My Brain Diaries
The results of a creative collaboration between brain injury association Headway Oxfordshire and poet Kelley Swain, who drew on the Museum's Brain Diaries exhibition for inspiration.
From 18 October - 2 February

Research Case

Research case

Stone Age Primates
The remarkable use of tools by non-human primates, based on research from the University of Oxfordís Primate Archaeology Project.

Coming soon

Brain Diaries

From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain's ever-changing population as revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography.
This special exhibition is accompanied by newly-commissioned artwork by visual artist Ian Kirkpatrick, and a special events programme.
From 9 February - 16 September 2018


Vesuvius Unlocked
Vesuvius Unlocked
Vesuvius was Europe's most active volcano during the 18th and 19th centuries. By analyzing rock samples from those historic eruptions, Oxford University student Emma Watts is uncovering the secrets of Vesuvius's magmas, and its many eruptions.
From 6 March - 1 May

Community Case

Age of Nature
Artwork created by Brookes University Art Foundation course students inspired by the Museum's collection.
From 9 February - 28 March

Age of Nature
Illustrating Life
New works by our community of artists, all inspired by the Museum's Life Collections.
From 28 March - 30 June

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