Research is all about lab coats and test tubes, right? Actually, research is about much, much more – in fact many researchers have never worn a lab coat in their lives! Research is feeding curiosity and answering questions – like whether you can turn orange into grapefruit!

The Curiosity Carnival on Friday 29 September is a chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes all our lives.

The night is a huge festival of curiosity – a city-wide programme of activities across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods. There will be a wide range of activities for all ages and interests – live experiments, games, stalls, busking, debates, music, and dance.

Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017 will join hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers’ Night.


Click here to view the Ashmolean PDF programme


All Welcome. FREE, but a ticket is needed. Curiosity Explorer tickets (general admission) have now all sold out.

Think only physicists are interested in time and space? Think again! Curiosity Carnival at the Ashmolean explores how researchers use time and space to think about what makes us and the universe tick. There’ll be dance, art, talks, demonstrations and more.

  • Step into a lift to talk to our bellhop about claustrophobia.
  • Explore your DNA in 3D using virtual reality.
  • Learn how engineers are trying to break the land speed record.
  • Find out why the exact time matters for everything from finance to maps.
  • FLUX dance theatre explores the rhythms of our hearts through contemporary dance.
  • Listen to the Orchestra of the Enlightenment - combining music with cutting-edge science about the rhythms of sleep, with world-leading expert Professor Russell Foster.

A Curiosity Explorer ticket will give you access to the Ashmolean Museum, Weston Library, Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History.

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