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AfterHours evenings offer interactive encounters with the collections. Each with its own unique theme, AfterHours presents the chance to explore the galleries - with friends or independently - over a drink from our cash bar and in a childfree environment.

Expect interesting collaborations, live performances, music, object handling, talks, tours and taster-workshops.

AfterHours events are part of Project VERVE's public programme, Need/Make/Use, and they happen regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for regular updates.



Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North – A Live Soundtrack

Saturday 9 May, 19.30

North Wall Arts Centre, Summertown (map)

One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, melding heart-rending improvisation with gritty folk and roots music, Dead Rat Orchestra present their own live soundtrack to the classic, controversial and possibly first ever, feature length documentary, Nanook of the North. Released in 1922, R. J. Flaherty’s film proclaims to portray “love and life in the actual artic”, following the so-called daily trials of Inuit people on the edges of the Artic circle.

A film not without its controversies: following the performance, Professor Marcus Banks (University of Oxford) leads discussion into the film’s complexity, examining Flaherty’s romanticised construction of a “pre-industrialised” Inuit family, and other ethical issues of representation and identity. Joining in discussion will be members of the band and Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh. Opportunities for questions and answers.

Tickets available via www.ocmevents.org



late night


Friday 15 May, 19.00-22.00 (£5)

Discover sound artists Mike Blow improvising with a ‘Theremuino’ and Alex Allmont playing modular synths and effects in the Pitt Rivers. Catch live bands in the Museum of Natural History. Explore the galleries with more than just your eyes: seek out pop-up sensory stations and get hands on with objects, take a taste challenge amongst the dinosaurs, and smell your way to other continents in the Pitt Rivers. Upon entry to the museums, grab your free torch and get exploring!

Tickets: £5, concessionary group rate of 4 tickets for the price of 3. Torch included in ticket price.

Online Booking


The Body and Beyond: constructing and transcending the human form

3, 10, 17 & 24 June, 17.30-20.00

Over the course of four interactive evening workshops you’ll deconstruct and challenge ‘Western’ conventions to define, represent and think about the ‘body’ while exploring cross-cultural ways of ‘making’ the body and constructing its meaning.

Uniquely, objects will be taken off display for students to draw, and some sessions will include life drawing in the galleries.

£36 (£28 students) for all four sessions. Fee includes materials and refreshments. Participants must be aged 18+.

Further information and online booking


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.

Online booking

Day of the dead

Day of the Dead

Friday 30 October 2015, 19.00

Shake Oxford’s dreaming spires awake as we bring Mexico’s Day of the Dead fiesta to the Museum. Explore traditions and crafts associated with this eclectic Central American festival and find out how communities across the globe celebrate, mourn and remember their dead. Expect performances, workshops, short talks and Halloween-themed cocktails!

Details and ticket information coming soon.


Previous After Hours Events:

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