Enjoy the early Spring at Oxfordshire Museum

A new exhibition, family activities and an enhanced café offer are just some of what’s on this April for residents at the Oxfordshire Museum.

There are a range of fun and free activities during the Easter holidays for young children to enjoy, as well as a new exhibition, Making an Entrance, that seeks to showcase some of the best museum acquisitions from over the past decade.

From 3 April, visitors will also soon be able to unwind in a new dog-friendly seating area in the scenic courtyard as part of an extension to the existing café. The project, funded with a grant from the South East Museum Development on behalf of Arts England, has also allowed for the purchase of plants and new pots to allow garden volunteers to grow produce for the café and help the museum reduce food waste.

Mark Haynes, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Customer and Cultural Services, said: “Our Oxfordshire Museum has so much to offer to people of all ages, and there’s even more coming with an exciting new exhibition this April.

“Entrance to the museum is free, as are activities for children during the Easter holidays, so a trip to the Oxfordshire Museum is a great day out for everyone. You can also now enjoy one of the museum’s delicious homemade cakes in the grounds with a furry friend.”

From 1 April, the new ‘Making an Entrance: unseen treasures’ exhibition will be showcasing the very best of the museum's acquisitions to the collection from the last decade. Many of the objects will never have been on public display before.

It is a chance to see the breadth and depth of the county’s collection and learn more about what, how and why we collect objects.

Families with young children can also make the most of fun family activities over the Easter Holiday, free and with no booking required:

Tuesday 4 April
Colour, Craft and Make: Creative activities aimed at the under-fives.
10.30 am - 12.00 noon

Rhymetime: Come and enjoy some rhymes and songs
12 noon - 12.30pm

Down the Rabbit Hole: Make a fun wooden spoon rabbit character and have a look at the dress Alice wore
2pm - 4pm

Wednesday 5 April
Sow and Grow: Plant vegetable seeds in a decorated plant pot. Just keep them away from rabbits!
10.30pm – 12.30pm

Thursday 6 April
Storytelling: Our weekly library storytelling, but this week bursting with bunnies.
11.15am – 11.45am

Origami Flowers: Make your own garden of freshly folded flowers - suitable for beginners and experienced crafters.
12noon – 1.00pm

Peter Rabbit’s Easter Garden: Using paper and card make a colourful garden for Peter Rabbit.
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday 11 April
Colour, Craft and Make: Creative activities aimed at the under-fives.
10.30am – 12.00noon

Cycle of Life: Explore the life stages of butterflies and make something fun to take away.
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Rhymetime: Come and enjoy some rhymes and songs
12.00 – 12.30pm

Wednesday 12 April
Bug Hotel: Check-in and help construct a bug hotel in the museum garden. Make a mini bug house to take home.
10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 13 April
Storytelling: Our weekly library storytelling, but with an interesting insect theme
11.15am – 11.45am

Incredible Insects: Let your imagination run wild. Use a variety of materials to make a species of insect.
2.00pm to 4.00pm

A full list of events is available on Oxfordshire Museum’s website.

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