Special Events

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

4, 17 & 25 September 17.30 - 19.00

An after-hours exclusive guided tour of the Museum, where you will be taken around by one of our expert guides (max per group 15 people) and then browse the Museum at your leisure away from the busy daily crowds.

Explore remarkable collections of hand-made objects from every continent and throughout human history. Discover masks, magic charms and amulets, jewellery, boats, baskets and body decoration, toys, tools, weapons, musical instruments and so much more.

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Pitt Fest: Handmade!

Saturday 5 September, 11.00 - 18.00

Join us at our third annual Pitt Fest celebrating the global creativity and ingenuity represented in the Museum’s collections. We’ll be on the museums' lawn with a host of friends and special guests offering entertainment, refreshments, and the chance to get interactive and hands-on with a variety of crafts.

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Open Doors

Oxford Open Doors

Saturday 12 September

Join ’Inspired', our film, TV and literary tour to discover how the museum and its collections have inspired writers from Dexter’s Inspector Morse to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter (11.30).

There's also a chance to visit the Balfour library, the Museum’s teaching and research library of 45,000 volumes. Meet the librarian, learn about the library’s history and function, and see how documentation can be key to understanding artefacts (14.00, 14.45, 15.30).

All free. Limited spaces - first come, first served.


Cult Screens: Cinema at the Museum

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September, 19.00

Enjoy a late summer weekend of film on the Museums' lawn. We've teamed up with Cult Screens to bring you an 80s classic and a recent hit that complement different aspects of the Museum's personality. On Saturday we screen Labyrinth (1986), following David Bowie and a host of Jim Henson creations through an eccentric fantasy world. On Sunday, we screen The Imitation Game (2014), a historical thriller exploring the life of master problem-solver, Alan Turing.

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Darning masterclass

Darning Masterclasses

Friday 18 September, 13.00 – 16.30 OR
Saturday 19 September, 10:00 – 13:30

Fully Booked

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland, best known for his Visible Mending Programme. Tom will teach Swiss and stocking darning techniques alongside his inspiring darning showcase, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive handout, two darning needles, skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow and a beautiful darn as a badge of honour!

All practice materials provided. Participants must be aged 16+



Kintsugi Ceramic Repair Workshops

7, 11 or 14 November

Learn how to repair ceramics using the Japanese kintsugi method with Muneaki Shimode and Takahiko Sato, lacquerware artists from Kyoto. You will learn how to shape fills, join a broken ceramic using epoxy glue, apply urushi lacquer and dust on metal powder to achieve a kintsugi repair. Take home your completed plate in a box alongside a kintsugi kit with all the materials needed to repair your precious ceramics at home.

All materials provided. Participants must be aged 18+ | Price £60 – Maximum of 20 places per workshop.

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