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

Polar bear

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Help us catch a big one, or two! Join us in welcoming our new bears to the Museum and take part in brilliant bear craft activities.
Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st May, 1 - 4pm





Mozambique Julian Bayliss

Dangers and Discoveries in Northern Mozambique
Professor Julian Bayliss presents his scientific expeditions in the mountains and rainforests of Mozambique. Co-hosted with BBOWT.
Tickets £4. oxfordfestivalofnature.org
Thursday 1st June, 7 - 8.30pm



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. oxfordfestivalofnature.org
Saturday 3rd June, 10am - 4pm



The Ugly Animal Preservation
Society

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society
A night of stand-up comedy with a conservation twist! Dedicated to raising the profile of Mother Nature’s more ‘aesthetically-challenged’ children. Co-hosted with BBOWT.
Tickets £8. oxfordfestivalofnature.org
Saturday 10th June, 8 - 10pm


A little look

A Little Look at... Underground
An active hands-on exploration of animals and rocks that you can find under your feet. A guided walk around the Museum for toddlers to 5 years.
Monday 12th June, 10.30am & 11.30am, Under 5s






Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique
Dr Mike Bowl discusses how deafness arises.
Tuesday 13th June, 7 - 9pm






Richard Dawkins

Oxfordshire Science Festival Launch - Richard Dawkins in conversation with...
Join Richard Dawkins in conversation with Yan Wong about his previously unpublished essays on evolutionary theory and how our tree of life is presented in museums and other settings.
Tickets £10. Booking and event details at: Eventbrite tickets
Wednesday 14th June 7 - 9pm



Brain Spotlight

Brain Spotlight
Neuroscientists share their research in an informal in-gallery talk.
Saturday 17th June, 2.30pm





Soldierflies and their Allies

Soldierflies and their Allies
Join entomologists Martin Harvey and Dr Judy Webb for this day school based in the field and museum. Explore the diversity and ecological importance of these insects.
Tickets £30. Booking and event details at: www.bit.ly/mnhtickets
Sunday 18th June 10 - 5pm




Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Under 5s, Drop-in
Tuesday 20th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm




The Great Debate

The Great Debate: ‘Smart Drugs - Is it Cheating?’
On the anniversary of the Great Debate join Radio 4’s Claire Fox and a panel of experts to debate the ethics and social impacts of the rising use of smart drugs.
Please book at www.bit.ly/mnhevents
Thursday 29th June 7.30 - 9pm



Games in Wonderland

Games in Wonderland
Celebrate Alice’s Day in Oxford with Alice in Wonderland-themed games, and create your own flamingo croquet game.
Saturday 1st July, 12 - 3pm






Baby Animals

A Little Look at... Baby Animals
An active hands-on exploration of how animal parents look after their babies. A guided walk around the Museum for toddlers to 5 years.
Monday 10th July, 10.30am & 11.30am, Under 5s






Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique
Professor Dorothy Bishop discusses the developmental diseases caused by extra X/Y chromosomes.
Tuesday 11th July, 7 - 9pm





Brain Spotlight

Brain Spotlight
Neuroscientists share their research in an informal in-gallery talk.
Saturday 15th July, 2.30pm






Curious Cubs

Curious Cubs
Pick up one of our activity bags and explore with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.
Under 5s, Drop-in
Tuesday 18th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm




Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Creature Colours
Look at museum specimens to see the rainbow of colour in the animal kingdom. Make a colourful peacock headdress and find out why its plumage is so eye-catching!
Monday 24th July 1 - 4pm, drop-in





Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Funny Feet
Discover more about paws, claws, toes, and flippers of animals from all over the world. Make a pair of funny feet to wear.
Monday 7th August 1 - 4pm, drop-in






Word Detectives

Word Detectives with ReadOxford
Meet ReadOxford - the word scientists behind the Word Detective game in the Brain Diaries exhibition. Take part in real experiments and help us understand more about how our brains process language.
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th August, 10am - 4pm, drop-in




Afternoon Explorers

Afternoon Explorers: Rascally Reptiles
Get a close look at some of our rascally reptiles but don’t get too close to the crocodile! Take part in craft activities and see some of our scaly friends.
Monday 21st August 1 - 4pm, drop-in





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
Every Saturday from 29th April – 17th June, 2pm – 4pm
There will be no Science Saturday on 3rd June




Architecture Tours

Architecture Tours
Take a free volunteer-led tour to learn about the Museum's Grade 1 listed Neo-Gothic building.
Adults
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




Big Stars

Big Stars & Little Secrets
Decide which of the Natural History’s biggest stars is your favourite, then discover the best-kept secrets in the Pitt Rivers Museum with this fun family trail.
22nd July - 2nd September






Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun
Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.
Every Tuesday 25th July - 29th August




Exhibitions

Brain Diaries

Brain Diaries
Throughout your life, your brain undergoes extraordinary changes, and makes you the person you are. The Brain Diaries exhibition and event programme reveal how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about our brains, from birth to the end of life.
www.braindiaries.org
From 10th March - 31st December


Lyell collection shells

Charles Lyell
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The current display is about Charles Lyell. Lyell's most influential work, Principles of Geology, was first published in 1830. This museum holds a collection of tens of thousands of Lyell’s fossil mollusc shells, shark teeth and other vertebrate remains.
From 23rd March - 21st May



Lyell collection shells

Delightful Dung Beetles
‘Presenting…’ is a small and changing display of treasures from the Museum’s collection. The next display will be about dung beetles. Dung beetles have been revered since Ancient Egyptian times and are now recognised as an ecologically and economically important group of insects.
From 22nd May - 17th 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





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