A Little Look at… Bees
Thursday 3 March, 10.30am & 11.30am
An active, hands-on exploration of the Museum’s bees and beehive. Specially for under 5s.

British Entomological & Natural History Society day
Saturday 19 March, 10am-4pm
A day of talks on insects, incorporating the BENHS annual general meeting. Open to non-members too. Ages 14+.

Hive Alive!
Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 April, 1-4pm
Create a buzz about bees and find out why bees are the best. Add to our giant hive and make a bee creation of your very own. For families.

Beehive Spotlight
Tuesday 12 April, 2.30-3.30pm
Tuesday 17th May, 2.30-3.30pm
Tuesday 9th August, 2.30-3.30pm
An informal talk about our observation beehive. A chance to ask the questions you’ve been buzzing to ask about bees.

The Beekeeper’s Year
Thursday 21 April, 7-8.30pm
Join Mark Blanchette of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association for tales from the hive. Find out how the colony changes during the year and discuss threats to local and international bee populations. £3. Book here.

Oxford Bee Fest 2016
Saturday 7 May, 10am-5pm
Talks and workshops all about protecting bees and their habitats. In association with Friends of the Earth Oxford. Register at

After hours exhibition tour with Kurt Jackson
Thursday 12 May, 5-5.45pm
An opportunity to meet this significant and fascinating artist as he discusses the stories and inspiration behind his art. £10. Book here.

Give Bees a Chance
Thursday 12 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Informed by his background in the sciences and environmentalism, Kurt Jackson will be reflecting on the reasons and motivations behind the works in Bees (and the odd wasp) in my bonnet. £5. Book here.

Presenting… Bee Diversity
18 March – 16 May
A small display showcasing the incredible diversity of the world’s bees – from the largest, to the smallest, to the most beautiful.

National Poetry Day
Thursday 6 Oct, 10am-4pm
Feeling poetic? Meet our Poets in Residence, hear poems inspired by our collections, follow our poetry trail, or write your own to post on our poetry tree.

Poetry Masterclass
Saturday 29 October, 10.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm
Practice the art of poetry writing with Kelley Swain, author and Poet in Residence. Tickets £40 per session. Book tickets here.

Building the Book of Nature
Thursday 1 December, 7-9pm
Join professors John Holmes and Janine Rogers to explore how the Pre-Raphaelite vision of nature influenced the Museum’s architecture. Includes a special exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite work. Book a free ticket here.

Visualising Nature
Wednesday 7 December, 6.30-8.30pm
Since the Middle Ages, art and science have worked together to understand nature. Join our expert panel to explore visions of nature from bestiaries to the latest computer technologies. Includes a pop-up exhibition. Book a free ticket here.

Guests of Time
Monday 12 December, 7-9pm
Meet our Poets in Residence as they launch their new anthology. Enjoy an evening of readings and an opportunity to see the specimens and architecture that inspired the poems. Book a free ticket here.

The Museum of Natural History’s full programme of events is available here.