Events at the History of Science Museum


Trail: Easter discoveries     

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 April, 12–5pm

Challenge yourself to the Easter trail.

Self-led, ages 7+

Evening Talk: Science fictions

Thursday 11 April, 6pm

Professor Rob Iliffe explores how the human imagination shaped science and scientists over the last 400 years.

£7, book at

Family Friendly: Fabulous fundials

Wednesday 17 April, 2–4pm

Design and make your own decorative Easter sundial.

Drop-in, ages 5–11

Special Event: Marconi Day

Saturday 27 April, 12–4pm

Discover the power of wireless radio and try out your Morse code skills with the Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society.

For International Marconi Day.

Drop-in, all ages 


Special Event: Knight at the Museum

Thursday 9 May, 6–9pm

Join the world of Dungeons and Dragons in this exciting original campaign. Come by yourself or as a group, no previous experience necessary.

£7, free for University of Oxford Students, book at

Family Friendly: Drawing with camera obscuras         

Saturday 11 May, 2–4pm

Learn about the secrets of Renaissance art and how to draw with a camera obscura.

Drop-in, ages 9+

Special Event: Art rocks

Friday 17 May, 6–9pm

Experience new art and discover how heritage science reveals, preserves and shapes the past, present and future of sculpture.

For Museums at Night 2019.

Drop-in, all ages

Special Event: Set in stone?         

Saturday 18 May, 12–4pm

Visit the Mobile Heritage Lab outside the Museum for hands-on activities and science experiments.

Drop-in, all ages

Family Friendly: House of Wisdom

Saturday 18 May, 1–4pm

Explore science and medicine in the early Islamic world with activities and games.

Drop-in, ages 7+

Evening Talk: Redefining measurement

Thursday 23 May, 6pm

Internationally defined units of measurement are changing. Professor Graham Machin discusses why this is happening and how will affect future science.

Free. Book at

Family Friendly: Ahoy there!

Friday 31 May, 2–4pm

Discover early voyages of exploration with maps, globes and navigational instruments.

Drop-in, ages 7–13


 Family Friendly: What is this thing called an astrolabe?

Saturday 15 June, 2–4pm

Find out what an astrolabe is and make your own working model.

Drop-in, ages 9+

Special Event: Heads up!          

Saturday 22 June, 1–4pm

Sculpt your own response to the Tomorrow’s Oxford Heads art installation outside the Museum.

Drop-in, all ages

Evening Talk: 250 years of weather in Oxford

Thursday 27 June, 6pm

From the prolonged frosts of January 1776 to the sparkling summer of 2018, Stephen Burt delves into 250 years of British weather.

£7, book at

Tour: Multaka-Oxford

Saturday 29 June, 2.15pm and 3.15pm

Discover instruments from the Islamic World and join a tour in English and Arabic led by the Multaka-Oxford volunteers.

Ages 8+

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