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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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  • Great to see this museum is a quirky as it ever was. The collection is organised in themes and not by Geographical area and the volume of exhibits crammed in is staggering. Was particularly taken by.....  more »
  • Worth a visit if in Oxford, such a unique museum experience with some fantastic items in the collection.  more »
  • me and my wife visited this place around last year and it was disappointing to say the least. we really love oxford and we are frequent visitors to there, and to london but we will not be returning...  more »
  • Wow! What a great museum! The display of all objects is very cleverly done. It is interesting and fun, suitable for all ages and for every taste. Highly recommend
  • It's great to have access to such a great museum for free! :) It's also sad to see the humanity history through the wars that we have been battling along the centuries. Pitt Rivers shows a wide collection of battle equipment such as guns, swords, amours, battleships and many more, showing how different cultures had different costumes and ways of fighting, and how war shaped our history. They have currently an exhibition of Syrians and how war affected their life, which was really great too.
  • My teenage daughters and I really enjoyed our visit today. Lots of interesting artifacts and many different animals, birds, insects and fossils to look at. There is a cafe for snacks and drinks and nice toilets.
  • This quirky museum is well worth a visit! It is free entry for all and satisfies all cravings for the weird and wonderful. The collection here is fascinating and the handwritten labels add to the charm and beauty of this unique place. The cabinet containing the shrunken heads is always crowded but there are many other things to learn about here!
  • Great place to stroll around in, has tons of information and objects from magic, ships and samurai's. Some parts are very cramped. They also have a mice game where there are multiple mice around for you to find (great for children).

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