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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

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Full of archaeological and anthropological scholarly achievements, Pitt Rivers Museum is also easy on the eyes. When you enter the main court on the bottom floor, row after row of glass cases will greet you. These are filled with artifacts collected from every corner of the world by scientists at the University of Oxford. Look up and you may see some of the artifacts hanging above your head from the sculpted steel support beams. The second floor was renovated in 2009 and reopened as the Clore Duffield Education Center. This is a family-friendly center that gives visitors of all ages a chance to touch exhibits and learn the ins and outs of archaeology. Use our Oxford vacation planner to add Pitt Rivers Museum and other attractions to your Oxford vacation plans.
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  • We were 3 OAP sisters visiting Oxford, one for the first time. The building itself is stunning, worth a visit just for that. We spent ages in the Natural History museum, which is a fascinating display...  more »
  • what a great collection they have ! so interesting and diverse , the building itself is worth the visit ! the steel work for the roof is amazing ,as is the carved stonework , definitely worth a visit,...  more »
  • Excellent place to visit with family, friends... I took my students. It's such a treat and what's more, is the fact that it's free! You can not get better than that in Oxford!  more »
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  • Looking like a smaller, cleaner version of the London Natural History Museum, this gives a clear pointer as to what you'll find inside. The main entrance hall is up a short flight of stairs. There's a separate step free entrance to the right, which is clearly signed. There's also lifts to the upper floors and modern toilets available too. Entry is free, though donations are appreciated. The main hall has lovely natural light, with a selection of stuffed animals, skeletons and evolution paths, amongst other smaller exhibits of geology for instance. I went on into the second ground floor hall which has lower artificial lighting levels. There are a large number of display cabinets here. They are each full of exhibits, ranging from Inuit clothing, votive artefacts, masks, models of ships etc. And for me that was the drawback. Too many items, in no real distinguishable order leading to sensory overload. That said, this is a great place for young children, there's so much to see, they won't be bored. I also noticed quite a few of them filling in a quiz sheet, which seems a good idea. I'd like to go back here again and look at some of the other halls, but I think it's definitely not the sort of place you can really "do" in one visit.
  • The Natural History Museum's secret cousin, which you'd be as likely to discover by happy accident as by design. A remarkable diversity of ethnographic representation is crammed-in from wall-to-wall and you could easily spend all day among the collections and still have more to see.
  • I work here and it's fabulous. The museum has been voted 11th favourite family friendly museum by the Times Newspaper, and it's free with various changing exhibitions on cultures and photography. It's home of the famous Haida totem pole, the shrunken heads from Ecuador, and the witch in the bottle. It doesn't end here with two floors covering toys tools and tattooing, and the top floor of all weaponry. Well worth the visit to a place you'll will never forget ln a hurry.
  • Amazing! We were lucky to meet Mike and hear 4 stories! If you want to hear the story about the hooded cape made from seal intestines, find Mike! If you want to hear about the cloak made from 2 000 000 feathers, find Mike! Thank you, Mike! We will come back again soon! @pittriversmuseum @Pitt_Rivers
  • Astonishing collection of both artifacts and natural wonders. The building itself is worth a visit due to the interesting internal architecture.

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