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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Pitt Rivers Museum reviews
I absolutely LOVE this museum! It's my favourite in the whole world. I've been coming here for the last 20 years. It's crammed with beautiful and interesting things. My favourite exhibit is the...
I absolutely LOVE this museum! It's my favourite in the whole world. I've been coming here for the last 20 years. It's crammed with beautiful and interesting things. My favourite exhibit is the... more »
Visited half term week so understandably very busy. Would probably recommend a quieter time,Having said that very interesting museum-Period Building-Cases stuffed with interesting artefacts-I think...
Visited half term week so understandably very busy. Would probably recommend a quieter time,Having said that very interesting museum-Period Building-Cases stuffed with interesting artefacts-I think... more »
A real treasure trove of eclectic artefacts. Would have liked to really explore but it was a busy half term Saturday. Really worth a visit. Staff lovely.
A real treasure trove of eclectic artefacts. Would have liked to really explore but it was a busy half term Saturday. Really worth a visit. Staff lovely. more »
This place is where the weird and wonderful go to take rest!! The most interesting artifacts I think I've ever seen inside a museum. The space itself is really awesome, I felt like I was in a movie and Indiana Jones may pop out from behind a cabinet at any moment. Really take your time in here. Look in and around things as there is so much to see. I especially liked the different masks, being a horror movie buff you can see where inspiration has come from in these sometimes unsettling masks. One could easily spend all day in there so leave plenty of time for your visit.
Great that you can access via history museum. Fascinating history of repressed people. Colonialism at its worst/best. Weapons, clothing, boats, decorations, and so much more all displayed in an accessible way. Lift as well as stairs. Easy for all.
You should go if you're visiting the excellent attached natural history museum. Less is more and they clearly don't understand that. Plenty of really interesting items but it just felt like walking through an antique store. Cool but no substance. In the natural history museum they talk about how they changed the exhibits around from just being rows and rows of stuff to instead telling a story with the items they have and only displaying the really good stuff that conveys something interesting. In Pitt rivers it's just tons of stuff that doesn't tell a story or hook you in. I would recommend going to the top floor and looking through all the weapons. That floor was quite good. I specifically liked looking at the European swords. Just a case with a bunch of swords from europe with information about each of them. Would love to know about the battles they fought in or a human story attached to them.
Awesome place! The Natural history museum is an amazing building, so much to see architecturally as well as dinosaurs and other animals. We particularly love Pitt Rivers ( inside the NHM) and especially the curiosities in the glass cabinets. No shrunken heads any longer but well worth a visit!
Steeped in history, this place needs a few hours to explore and discover what's on display. Friendly staff, and lots to see. Bear in mind that the display cabinets are quite close together so getting around, especially if it is busy, may not be as easy as you'd like. It's free to.enter but take a fiver with you as a donation to keep the place going. Not much parking close by so recommend doing park and ride. 😊
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