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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

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4.7/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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. For Pitt Rivers Museum and beyond, use our Oxford family vacation planner to get the most from your Oxford vacation.
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  • Certainly worth a visit, its not as big as the National History Museum, but is just as good, well laid out, and not nearly as busy, giving you time to stop and read information on the exhibits. 
  • The Pit Rivers museum is an eclectic collection of random artefacts from shrunken heads, to tribal art and weapons. Free entry so if worth popping in for an hour to have a look around, you enter throu...  read more »
  • The museum is small and feels what jam packed, but it is certainly well worth to look at. A lot of stuff from all around the world and of all time
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  • Great collection of artifacts from all world. If you are interested in historical things used by people around the world, you´ll be in heaven.
  • My favourite museum in Oxford. Not a place on can rush through. So many exhibits crammed in a tiny space. Either bring a lot of time or focus on just a few exhibits.
  • Absolutely fantastic museum. Be sure to make it to the third floor because there are some incredible weapons, and their collection of netsuke is astounding!
  • An unusual and interesting museum where objects are arranged, not by age, place or time, but by type. By example, there are cabinets full of model houses or masks from around the world, all in the same place. It's bit dark, especially compared to the bright natural history museum out front but definitely worth a look! They frequently do kids activities and of course, it's all free.
  • Interesting collection, it's a museum within a museum (Natural History). I particularly enjoyed the weapons on the third floor, ship replicas and masks in the ground floor.
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